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Sardinia’s Barumini Nuragic complex is a must-see

Thursday, 28 July 2022 09:00

Sardinia’s Nuragic complex of Barumini is a must-see, and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its levels of preservation, antiquity, and the cutting-edge construction techniques used by a prehistoric people.


The earliest signs of construction on the island’s largest archaeological site dates back to the Bronze Age, and the town of Barumini was also known as Su Nuraxi from the name of the main nuraghe.

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The complex had five towers 

The complex originally consisted of five towers, the central one built of basalt blocks, and four lateral towers, positioned according to the cardinal points, connected by rectilinear walls, inside of which there was an internal courtyard with a well and a spring that is still operating today. The dwelling complex was secured by a rampart system comprised of towers outfitted with apertures from which to observe the threats posed by the perpetually restless sea.

Well-preserved remains of ancient rooms

Some scholars believe that the oldest part of the nuraghe had a religious, refuge, civil or parliamentary purpose, or may have been the seat of the village chief. Among the huts discovered, the most significant are the one reserved for the chief's meetings, which is larger, and the hut reserved for village assemblies which contains symbols of the worshipped deities. Among this set of buildings two are particularly fascinating, each featuring a well-preserved circular room with a stone bench around the outside and a large stone basin in the centre, which was possibly used for domestic rites related to the cult of water.

A suggestive and mysterious site 

The Nuragic civilization was essential to the spread of Mycenaean and subsequently Phoenician culture, even though some of its idiosyncrasies remain a mystery to the present day. This may well be because they were unfamiliar to classical Greek culture.

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