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Iron Age stone warriors reassembled

Researchers have reassembled a collection of Iron Age life-sized stone warriors from thousands of fragments of stone found on Sardinia.

Archaeologists and conservation experts on the Italian island of Sardinia have succeeded in re-assembling literally thousands of fragments of smashed sculpture to recreate a small yet unique army of life-size stone warriors which were originally destroyed by enemy action in the middle of the first millennium BC.

It’s the only group of sculpted life-sized warriors ever found in Europe. Though consisting of a much smaller number of figures than China’s famous Terracotta Army, the Sardinia example is 500 years older and is made of stone rather than pottery.

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Story: David Keys, The Independent | Photo: The Independent

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