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Room A

The S’Arcu ’e Is Forros Temple A, in the countryside near Villagrande Strisaili, is 17 metres long and includes four areas bordered by walled rooms (fig. 1).

Fig. 1 - Aerial view of the megaron 1 temple (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).

The first room of the temple is entered from a trapezoid shape corridor (fig. 2) that is splayed towards the interior (length 2.10 metres, width 1-1.50 metres).

Fig. 2 - Detail of the entrance corridor to room A (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).

The room (fig. 3) is rectangular in shape (length 3.10 metres, width 3.60 metres).

Fig. 3 - Detail of the entrance corridor to room A (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).

An urn used for ritual ablutions was used in the corner of the wall to the left, the base of which was trapped underneath the floor (fig. 4).

Fig. 4 - Urn for ritual ablutions (from FADDA 2012, fig. 28, p. 21).

The latter is made from thick clay, with carbon residue inside. A sword fragment and a part of an askoid jug decorated with geometric patterns were also found in this part of the dig.


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