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The "capanne a corte"

A new group of houses was built during the Iron Age (Nuragic II, 8th-6th century B.C.), on the ruins of Su Nuraxi, close to the bulwark and the Nuraghe. This included over a hundred rooms, comprising huts around a central courtyard, that had either a circular or oval perimeter wall, and rooms that were mostly square, probably with wooden conical roofs and that were grouped around a round paved courtyard (fig. 1).

Fig. 1 - Layout of the Su Nuraxi site (by Paglietti 2013, fig. 6 page. 64).

The walls of the rooms used for making food and meals, for sleeping, for workshops and stores for perishable goods are made with small and medium sized stones, mostly marl, that are cemented together with mud mortar (fig. 2).

Fig. 2 - The village from the Iron Age (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).

The dwellings were furnished with votive offerings, ovens, fireplaces, channels for the outflow of water, rectangular tubs and round basins (figs. 3, 4).

Fig. 3 - Su Nuraxi, the dwellings with a central courtyard (from Ugas 2015, p. 23).
Fig. 4 - Map of the insulae of houses with central courtyard (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).

Inside, mills, pestles and mortars for milling wheat and other cereals, pottery tableware and other items required for domestic life were found.



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