Archaeological Area

Tiscali

Dorgali, (Nuoro)
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The Nuragic settlement rises on the top of theTiscali Mountain, in Lanaitto valley, a wild place in the region of theSupramonte.

The village of Tiscali is inside anenormous dolina (sinkhole) originated by a tectonic subsidence. Itspeculiar building technique is different from the other Nuragic villages. Herethe Sardinians used to hide themselves from Punic and Roman conquerors, but itwas probably also a holy place for Nuragic people. You enter the site through awide split in the mountain.

The structures, partly destroyed by landsubsidence and acts of vandalism, are divided into two different settlements.The first one, on a steep slope, consists of forty round and elliptical huts;the second one has about thirty smaller rooms leaning on the rock, allquadrangular but one, perhaps used as storehouses or shelter for animals. Thewalls are built of local rough calcareous stones with clay mortar. Lintels aremade of terebinth wood (a resinous shrub typical of this region) or juniper andnot of stone as usual. The human presence in the territory dates from theMiddle Bronze Age (15th-13th century BC), but the settlement was frequentedalso during the Roman Age (2nd- 1st century BC).

 

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