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Tower B

Corner tower B is on the southern side of the bastion of Su Nuraxi (15th-13th century B.C.), in a frontal position to close and protect both the keep and the courtyard (fig. 1).

Fig. 1 - Map of Su Nuraxi, nuraghe and village (from Lilliu 1962, Table LVI.1, page 328).

The tower has only a single cell, that was originally made of two chambers, one on top of the other. Its external diameter is 8 metres, an internal base diameter of 4.70 metres and a residual height of 8.40 metres. The ground floor chamber is accessed through a foyer that is 3.10/3.70 metres long and 1.37/1.81 metres wide (fig. 2).

Fig. 2 - Entrance door to tower B (from Lilliu 1962, Table LXIII.3, page 335).

The lower chamber wall had a double row of embrasures that also act to provide light and air; the upper row originally had a wooden walkway that could be accessed from a mobile staircase. When the bastion wall was redone, between the 12th and the 10th centuries B.C., the embrasures were closed up (fig. 3).

Fig. 3 - Embrasures from the upper row in the chamber wall of tower B (From Lilliu, 1962, Table LXIV.2, p. 336).


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