Villanova Monteleone, Complesso archeologico di Nuraghe Appiu c
Archaeological Area

Complesso archeologico di Nuraghe Appiu

Villanova Monteleone, (Sassari)
The archaeological area is immersed in cork andilex woods, in a beautiful landscape between mountains and sea. The complexconsists of nuraghe Appiu (complex type nuraghe), a single tower nuraghe, a bigvillage with about two hundred huts, a giants%u2019 tomb and two small dolmen.The trilobate nuraghe Appiu collapsed in theexternal part, but inside it still preserves three big chambers, one over theother. The second nuraghe, quite well- preserved, is much smaller. The huts inthe village, round or quadrangular in plan, are built of superimposed stone rows with mud mortar and face littlecourtyards. Thanks to the discovery of millstones, mortars, pestles, jars,sharpening stones, flintand obsidian splinters, askoidi vases (with pitcher shape), pans,spindles and loom weights, it is supposed that the huts were used not only forhuman habitation, but also for foodstuffs and different activities as woolweaving, cereals grinding and vases baking. This area was probably a cultplace. The complex dates back to the Early/First IronAge, between 900 and 800 BC. On the contrary, the megalithic burials as giants%u2019tomb Su Crabile (15th-10th century BC) and two small dolmen date from aPrenuragic period: they were built during the Neolithic Age (4th %u2013 3rdmillennium BC) and are rare in the island but widely diffused in Europe.   Partially accessible to disabled people.

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