9 December 2019 Start
9 December 2019 End
7.00 p.m. Time
Greece Swedish Institute at Athens, Mitseon 9, Athens


Interrogating Monte dʼAccoddi

Mon­day De­cem­ber 9, 2019

The Swedish In­sti­tute at Athens wel­comes you to a talk by Gary Webster:

Interrogating Monte dʼAccoddi:
The great temple mound of 4th-millennium Sardinia.


The discovery on the west Mediterranean island of Sardinia during the 1950s of a
ziggurat-like monument dating to the early 4th millennium B.C.E. kindled the still
unresolved debate over its cultural heredity. Toward resolving this issue, I will
compare the temple mound at Monte d’Accoddi with Near Eastern ziggurats in
terms of architectural details and cult observances. On these criteria I contend
that serious consideration needs to be given to the notion that the edifice in
question is a manifestation of a migration event of as yet unknown nature and
duration initiated from Mesopotamia sometime in the first half of the 4th