Casa Zapata: the Nuraxi ’e Cresia Nuraghe
In 1990 during work carried out to complete a museum inside the feudal palace of the Zapata barons, a large Nuraghe complex was discovered built in local marlstone blocks, named Nuraxi ’e Cresia, due to the proximity with the parish church (fig. 1), frequented from the Nuragic Age (13th-9th centuries B.C.) up to the Roman and Medieval Age.
It comprises a central tower, with three towers added to it, joined by straight curtain walls that created a trefoil layout for the complex (figs. 2, 3).
The towers, surrounded by an open-air courtyard with a well, were of a truncated cone shape, with circular chambers standing one above the other, with jutting out walls and a tholos (false dome) roof. The archaeological digs (1990-2005) have also produced the remains of the bulwark that defended the Nuraghe and a widespread dwelling area.
- MURRU G. (a cura di), Barumini: Casa Zapata, il nuraghe museo, Fondazione Barumini Sistema Cultura, 2007.
- SIRIGU R., La memoria di Barumini nel palazzo sul nuraghe, in Darwin Quaderni, 3, 2007, pp. 86-96.