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The evolution of the hut structure

The typical Nuragic hut is circular with a stone bearing structure that has a low base wall, topped with a roof that may have been straw (or perishable materials such as wood, reeds, straw) or in stone (fig. 1).

Fig. 1 - Detail of a hut in the Nuragic village of Su Nuraxi (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).

During the final phases of the thousand year Nuragic history (Final Bronze Age-Iron Age) there is a second type of architectural dwelling place named in different ways: hut with sectors or multi-cell hut or in blocks that represents the tendency towards proto-urban types of aggregation that developed in the largest Nuragic villages (fig. 2).

Fig. 2 - Archaeological area of Su Nuraxi: seen from above (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).

This is a structure with a complex layout: starting with what seems like a spontaneous group of round huts, surrounded by straight or curved walls, around a central space, it gradually reaches a kind  of house that is independent, formed by several small rooms that are trapezoidal, with slopping wooden roofs, that are not separate, that look onto a small central courtyard (fig. 3).

Fig. 3 - Nuragic village of Su Nuraxi, casa a corte 20 (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).

Sometimes the most notable dwellings also had a round room with a basin and tub, and adjacent oven. There are also Nuragic huts in different shapes than this “norm”, that appear to have had different functions than being purely dwellings: in addition to the square rooms, there are also round huts of a size and with furnishings that lead one to hypothesise a community use, probably for political or religious reasons, therefore they are now commonly called curia or alternatively meeting huts.



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