The International Congress of Phoenician and Punic Studies is this week, October 22-26th, in Mérida, Spain. There a number of wonderful contributions on Sardinia. If you are around, be sure to check out our poster: New Evidence for Local Continuity and Phoenician Influence in the Ceramic Assemblage from Iron Age Su Padrigheddu (West-Central Sardinia) by Linda Gosner, Jeremy Hayne, Emanuele Madrigali, and Jessica Nowlin. Here’s our abstract as a quick preview of the results of our small intervention at the Su Padrigheddu:
The nuraghe S’Urachi and the adjacent site of Su Padrigheddu served as important inland settlement sites in west-central Sardinia over the course of the 1st millennium BCE, when the island’s indigenous Nuragic people came into contact with Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans. Although Su Padrigheddu was long believed to be a cemetery connected with the nearby settlement at S’Urachi, analysis of materials that were brought to light after the deep plowing of the area in the 1980s revealed ceramics characteristic of a domestic assemblage. Since 2013, the Progetto S’Urachi reinitiated work at the site in an effort to better understand the daily lives of local inhabitants at S’Urachi and Su Padrigheddu in antiquity, and the cultural and economic links between them and the wider Mediterranean world. As a part of this wider research, both geophysical survey and intensive survey were conducted in Su Padrigheddu. In 2016, we opened up a 1.5 x 1.5 m test trench to explore a promising area along the northern border of Su Padrigheddu. In this poster, we present an analysis of the pottery discovered in this test trench, which attests to continuous settlement at the site throughout the Iron Age. While much of the stratigraphy was disturbed by recent plowing activity, the pottery itself shows a wide range of local Nuragic and imported Phoenician forms alongside examples of locally-produced pottery in Phoenician styles. Ultimately, the study attests to long-term contact an interaction among locals and Phoenicians at this settlement site.