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Archaeological sites

Archaeological sites in the vicinity of the casa souk.

Dating from the Nuragh period 1800 – 800 bc. are some beautiful tombs of giants (tomba dei giganti) and domus de janas (fairy or soul tombs) and nuraghi. Giant tombs are collective granite tombs where people were buried outside the villages and many are said to have healing powers. They are unique and very impressive. They all consist of a huge monolith at the entrance with a small entrance hole and a long passageway covered with large flat stones’ in which the dead probably rested. The nuraghi were watchtowers and places of refuge where the population could retreat.

At the entrance to Arzachena, there is the Nuraghe ALBUCCIU and the TOMBA MORU tomb.

In Arzachena are the beautiful giants’ tombs CODDU VECCHJU , LI LOLGHI and LI MURI di also contains a necropolis from Phoenician times and a Neolithic stone circle.

In Calangianus tomba dei Giganti PASCAREDDA in most beautiful nature.

From 800 – 300 bc, Phoenician seafarers settled on the coasts of Sardinia, leaving behind towns, necropolises and domus de Janas. The domus de Janas are tombs for single or multiple people, some of which were decorated with bull horns and wolf tooth patterns carved in stone.

In Oschiri, about 1 hour’s drive from the casa souk, there is an altar in beautiful natural surroundings outside the village, of which it is still not known from which culture it originated. It is unique and mysterious. Squares, triangles and circles are carved three-dimensionally into a huge granite block. Also small circles, and probably an iconography of a human being. Next to it is a small chapel with 2 beautiful carved heads and an inscription in cuneiform of which we do not know what it means. In the vicinity of the altar, many domus de janas are embedded in wild, enchanting nature. Bigger and smaller ones.

All the archaeological sites are indicated by brown signs, but sometimes they are not easy to find. Google map helps.

Contact our library. There you will find some books about the Nuraghers and the Phoenicians. Also about the culture of weaving, pottery, weaving etc. in Sardinia. Most sites are also well documented on Wikipedia.

The Nuraghians left behind beautiful bronze figures and there are beautiful ceramics from both cultures that still characterise the forms in Sardinia today. Most of them are in museums in Cagliari, Nuoro and Sassari.

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