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The silos from towers C and D

The perimeter towers of the Su Nuraxi bastion had silos , set between the bottom chamber and the second chamber (fig. 1).

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

Specifically, during the digs in the 1950s, a large deposit of material was found in the silo in tower C, mostly comprising fine pottery and in particular lanterns (fig. 2).

Fig. 2 - Silo in tower C: lamp with 7 lips, dated to the end of the 4th century B.C. (From Lilliu, Zucca 1988, fig. 36, p. 63).

Based on the type of items found a suggestion has been made that the material was part of a set of votive items from a place of worship, open from the 4th to the 2nd/beginning of 1st century B.C., according to a custom of reusing items, widely found in Punic Sardinia.

Some bronze craftsman artefacts found in the silo in tower D date back to the High Middle Ages, i.e. 6th-7th centuries A.D. (fig. 3).

Fig. 3 - Detail of the courtyard where the entrance door to the chamber of tower D can be seen in the centre. (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).


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  • MURRU G., Barumini. Su Nuraxi e il villaggio nuragico, Fondazione Barumini Sistema Cultura, 2007.
  • SANTONI V., Il nuraghe Su Nuraxi di Barumini, Guide e Studi, Quartu Sant’Elena 2001.
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