The urban area of Tharros (Cabras, Sardinia), and the temples included in it, were investigated between the 1950s and the 1960s. Due to the dismantling, renovation, and reuse of the Punic structures by the Romans, it is hard to achieve a satisfactory knowledge of the sacred areas of the ancient town. This is even more difficult considering the incompleteness of the currently available documentation on the excavations. Regarding some of these buildings, even their cultic function can be questioned. The difficulties in interpretation stem from the loss of information about the relationships between the structures and the materials retrieved therein. Furthermore, the findings have been only partially published in catalogues that saw the light decades after the actual excavations. This paper aims at reconsidering the archaeological evidence relating to the structures known as “Temple with Semitic type plan” and “Temple of Demeter”, in order to propose a better understanding of their original destination, also through a better definition of their building phases.

Architettura templare a Tharros - II. Il "Tempio a pianta di tipo semitico" e il "Tempio di Demetra"

Stefano floris
2016

Abstract

The urban area of Tharros (Cabras, Sardinia), and the temples included in it, were investigated between the 1950s and the 1960s. Due to the dismantling, renovation, and reuse of the Punic structures by the Romans, it is hard to achieve a satisfactory knowledge of the sacred areas of the ancient town. This is even more difficult considering the incompleteness of the currently available documentation on the excavations. Regarding some of these buildings, even their cultic function can be questioned. The difficulties in interpretation stem from the loss of information about the relationships between the structures and the materials retrieved therein. Furthermore, the findings have been only partially published in catalogues that saw the light decades after the actual excavations. This paper aims at reconsidering the archaeological evidence relating to the structures known as “Temple with Semitic type plan” and “Temple of Demeter”, in order to propose a better understanding of their original destination, also through a better definition of their building phases.
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