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Panel on New Reports from Italian UNESCO Site at Columbia's Italian Academy

April 9, 2024
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Italian Academy: 1161 Amsterdam Ave

Join The Italian Academy at Columbia University for a roundtable talk  with international researchers about the long history and recent discoveries at the archeological site of Su Nuraxi di Barumini in Sardinia. 

Roundtable talk & photo exhibition

The best-known example of a nuraghe—the unique type of Bronze Age defensive complex—is found at Barumini in Sardinia. UNESCO inscribed this archaeological site, "Su Nuraxi," on its list of World Heritage Sites in 1997, in recognition of its "outstanding universal value."

Expert researchers will gather for a roundtable talk about the long history and the recent discoveries at Barumini. The event will conclude with the opening of a linked photographic exhibition in our gallery.

Opening remarks:
Barbara Faedda, Italian Academy, Columbia University, and Paolo Carta, University of Trento (Organizers)
Fabrizio Di Michele, Consul General of Italy in New York


Anna Depalmas, University of Sassari
Nuraghi: The towers, the dwellings and the stone world of prehistoric Sardinia

Giovanna Fundoni, University of Sassari
Sardinia and the Iberian Peninsula: Connections and relations during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age

Emily Holt, Cardiff University
Adapting to the plateau: Human-environment dynamics at the early Nuragic site of Sa Conca 'e sa Cresia

Luca Lai, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Tying it all together: (Some) perspectives on Nuragic life and their relevance today

Caterina Lilliu, Barumini Foundation
The Su Nuraxi Complex from discovery to recognition by UNESCO

Steven Ellis, University of Cincinnati


The Autonomous Region of Sardinia with the collaboration of the Mont’e Prama Foundation and the Barumini Foundation

These initiatives are part of the Italian Academy's Sardinia Cultural Heritage Project which includes a book from Columbia University Press, digital exhibitions and gallery exhibitions, and other conferences. In a related initiative, the Academy facilitated the loan of a 3000-year-old statue from Mont’e Prama to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This project is under the umbrella of the Academy’s International Observatory for Cultural Heritage.

Event Contact Information
Abigail Asher
[email protected]