Lecture of Dr. Roberto Nardi


Conservation of Prehistoric Stone Sculptures from Monte Prama, Sardinia, Italy
Open lecture by Dr. Roberto Nardi
April 20 (Monday), 2015 at 17:30 pm
Academia Gallery
Sofia, 1 Shipka Str.
The lecture will be held in English, with translation into Bulgarian.
Organizer of the event is the Balkan Heritage in partnership with the National Academy of Art, the Archeology Department of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and Arena di Serdica Hotel.
Stone sculptures of Monte Prama, Sardinia, Italy
During the archaeological excavations in the 1970s in a necropolis in the area of Mont'e Prama in central Sardinia, Italy, were found more than 5,000 fragments of 30 stone sculptures. They represent warriors, archers, boxers and 10 models of the so called Nuraghe - conical stone towers. They are called ‘giants of Monte Prama” (height 2 - 2.5 m). They are dated between 10 and 8 century BC and are associated with early Iron culture of Nuraghe.
A project for conservation and restoration of the statues was conducted from 2007 to 2010 (www.monteprama.it), the results of which will be presented at the lecture. Roberto Nardi graduated Archaeology at Sapienza University in Rome, and later studied Restoration and Conservation of Archaeological Materials at the Central Institute for Restoration in Rome. In 1982, he founded the Center for Archaeological Conservation (Centro di Conservazione Archeologica), a private company executing orders for the conservation of archaeological monuments. So far Roberto Nardi has been in charge of more than 50 projects in 14 countries, among them - the arch of Septimius Severus and the Temple of Vespasian in the Roman Forum, Italy, mosaics in the convent of St. Catherine, Egypt, murals in Amiriya Madrasa, Yemen, mosaics from the town of Zeugma, Turkey, etc. Roberto Nardi is the author of over 80 articles on conservation and restoration of archaeological monuments, and is president of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM).