Identity-mapping in the Sardinian bronze age

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The aim of this paper is to locate in the emergence and elaboration of Sardinia's Nuragic society, a narrative of cultural identity formation. The Nuragic period is typically defined in terms of economic, social, and demographic characteristics, and a Nuragic identity is implicitly taken to be a passive byproduct of these material circumstances. Such an account overlooks the role of identity in enabling and characterizing human action. The disjointed and contradictory Nuragic period transition preceded the formation of a coherent cultural identity. This identity, it will be argued, underwent a retrospective rearticulation to establish a distinct boundary between the Nuragic society and its antecedents. The material record illustrates clearly that the history of the Nuragic identity is implicated in social development on Sardinia in the second millennium BC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-55
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Journal of Archaeology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999


  • Bronze Age
  • Cultural identity
  • Nuragic period
  • Sardinia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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