The Nuragic complex of Palmavera is located innorth- west Sardinia, between the gulf of Alghero and the gulf of Porto Conte.It consists of a nuraghe, a big barbican (built of multilobed calcareousblocks) which connects four tower-huts, and a village all around. The nuragheconsists of a main tower, partially enclosed in a bastion, a courtyard, asecondary tower and a short corridor with niches. One of the tower-huts in thebarbican is different from the others: it is the so- called %u2018meeting hut%u2019,typical of Nuragic villages. Perhaps reserved to a council of elders, it is abig round hut (8,87m diameter) with a bench along the foundation wall and acircular base in the middle in order to support a sacred sculpture. The richestfamilies probably lived inside the barbican, while the other families outside.The village of Palmavera counts about fiftyamonghuts (circular in plan and built of calcareous blocks) and delimited areas. Thecomplex was built in three stages, from the 15th to the 8th century BC.
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