Pans (Thomes)

The Nuraghic Age pan is a ceramic vessel used for cooking food; it spread for a broad period of time ranging from the Early Bronze Age (1800-1600 B.C.) to the Iron Age (900-510 B.C.). It had a low and open shape, variable dimensions, with a wide bottom, equipped with grips or handles placed on the wall, and was sometimes decorated with complex patterns.

Among the pan fragments found in the giants’ tomb of Thomes-Dorgali, it is worth mentioning one in particular, characterised by convex walls and an indistinct bottom. It has a rounded rim, with steep outwardly inclined walls, a flat bottom, and a ribbon-shaped handle positioned from wall to bottom. The surface is smooth, brown in colour; the mixture, rough and coarse, is also brown (figs. 1, 2, 3).

Figs. 1, 2 - Fragment of pan from the Giants’ tomb of Thomes-Dorgali (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).
Fig. 3 - (from CAMPUS, LEONELLI 2000, Table XXXI no. 1, p. 66)

The pottery artefact is kept at the Archaeological Museum of Dorgali.


  • CAMPUS F, LEONELLI V., La tipologia della ceramica nuragica. Il materiale edito, Viterbo 2000, pp. 1-76.