Do you believe that giants once roamed the earth? In Sardinia, Italy, there are even archaeological proofs of the existence of these huge beings. You can see these Sardinia giants on the Sinis Peninsula, along Sardinia’s western coast. It is near the town of Cabras. The giant statues were discovered in this town in 1974 and according to scientists, they date back to 750 BC. Incidentally, six of the giants can be found in Cabras, housed at the Museo Civico Giovanni Marongiu. The museum is also worth a visit. In the future, 13 more of the giant statues are going to be transferred to the museum. They are now currently housed at the National Archeological Museum of Cagliari.
The current six statues in Carbras represent three wrestlers, two archers, and a warrior. Collectively, the statues are known as the Mont’ e Prama giants. They got the name from the fact that the first part of a giant – a head – was discovered in Mount Prama. It was found by a farmer who was tending his field at that time. Experts believe that the statues were from the Nuragic era, which is from the Iron Age. It was an amazing discovery in more ways than one. First of all, the size of the statues amazed the experts. The giants are almost ten feet in height. The number of statues discovered also amazed scientists. To date, a total of 28 statues were unearthed. Last but not the least, the estimated date of the creation of the statues were also remarkable. They are believed to be made between the 11th and 8th century BC. This makes the statutes older than the statues discovered from ancient Greece. It also proves that the Nuragic civilization was a sophisticated one.
The details of the statues are also very interesting. They are wearing what seems like leatherware and draped cloth. This suggests that their clothes are influenced by the East. Maybe it depicted clothes that people from the Nuragic ere actually wore. And it hints that the Nuragic people gave been trading with countries from the East. Some conspiracy theorists believe that the giant statues represent aliens that have visited the earth in the past. The statues do have large eyes, similar to how eyes of aliens have been depicted in popular culture. We may never truly find out the truth about the Sardinia giants. What we can do is wonder at these significant reminders of ancient human culture.
After you have visited the museums and have seen the Sardinia giants, you should visit Tharros next so you can learn more about the Nuragic culture. Tharros was once a Nuragic village before it became a Phoenician city, a Punic city, and then a Roman territory. When Rome fell, the Tharros also began to decline. Early Christians, however, built a church on the site and it remained an important Christian city until 1071.
If you plan to see the Sardinia giants, it’s best to hire an English-speaking guide. An experienced guide will be able to tell you the significance of the different sites.