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Zooarchaeology of the Nuragic Bronze Age

Zooarchaeology of the Nuragic Bronze Age


ZANBA will combine cutting-edge, multi-scalar isotope analyses with morphological analysis of zooarchaeological remains to
understand the relationships among developing elite identities, landscape use, and power consolidation in the Nuragic
Culture of Bronze Age Sardinia (c. 1700-1100 BCE). Assemblages of archaeofauanas from two sites that represent the full
development of the Nuragic Culture will be analysed for evidence of feasting, hunting, collection of tribute, intensification of
the animal economy, and other behaviours that are used by incipient elites to promote an elite group identity and consolidate
power. Specimens from these archaeofaunas representing raised, managed, and hunted animal species will then be
analysed using multiple isotopes for evidence of economic intensification and expanding territorial control. The combined
results of both studies will be used to construct a new narrative of internal social development within the Nuragic Culture.
Such a multi-disciplinary study is unique in Nuragic Sardinia, where isotope studies have never been applied to
archaeofaunas and where morphological studies have often addressed the animal economy of the Nuragic Culture as a
undifferentiated whole with few attempts to understand its internal social dynamics during the Culture's 600-year
development. The detailed study and reassessment of Nuragic social dynamics provided by ZANBA is necessary and timely
as new archaeological discoveries are indicating that the Nuragic Culture played a larger role in European Bronze Age
exchange networks than has previously been recognized.
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Cf24 Ode Cardiff

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 212 933,76

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 839517


Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    6 January 2020

  • End date

    5 January 2022

Funded under:


  • Overall budget:

    € 212 933,76

  • EU contribution

    € 212 933,76

Coordinated by:


United Kingdom