The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards was launched in 2002 by the European Commission and has been organised by Europa Nostra since then. The Prize celebrates and promotes best practices related to heritage conservation, management, research, education and communication. In this way, it contributes to a stronger public recognition of cultural heritage as a strategic resource for Europe’s society and economy.
The project “Nuragic Sculptures of Monte Prama in Sardinia”, carried out by CCA, Centro di Conservazione Archeologica, Rome, between 2007 and 2011, was awarded in the category “conservation”.
During the awarding ceremony, held at the Oslo Town Hall on the 11th of June 2015, the project also received the Public Choice Award, the most prestigious among all, awarded by HRH Haakon Crown Prince of Norway, to Roberto Nardi, director of the Centro di Conservazione Archaeologica of Rome, project planner and implementer of the intervention for conservation, restoration and musealization of the Mont’e Prama sculptures.
The Centre for Archaeological Conservation in Rome carried out the project for the conservation, restoration and exhibition of the sculptures on the initiative and under the responsibility of the Archaeological Superintendence of Sassari and Nuoro at the Regional Centre, in application of the framework agreement between the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Cultural Activities and the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.
“The Jury were intrigued by the complexity of this restoration project, and impressed by its significance in developing our understanding of this under-appreciated culture. The jigsaw puzzle of reassembling the pieces, without any deep penetration of the original stone, and avoiding the use of drills or insertion of different materials, allows for the possibility of modifications and additions in the future on the images of the statues. All the restoration operations have been realized openly, with the opportunity for the public to visit the on-going works. The importance for the local population is clear, and enhances their identity with people who have preceded them on this big island.”
On the 15th of October 2015 the awarding ceremony for the project of conservation of the Nuragic sculptures of Mont’e Prama, winner of the Public Choice Award at Europa Nostra Awards 2015, took place at the Museo Civico “Giovanni Marongiu” in Cabras (OR).
An Europa Nostra delegation, chaired by Dr. Rossana Bettinelli, from the Administration Committee and by Dr. Fani Mallochou Tufano, President of the Jury of Europa Nostra Awards Conservation category, together with Sardinian authorities and Roberto Nardi, Director of CCA, unveiled the celebrative plaque.
During the awarding ceremony a new sculpture was presented to the public. The statue was discovered in the 2014 excavation campaign and conserved in 2015 by CCA.