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The National Archaeological Museum of Nuoro

The items found at the Arcu ’e Is Forros site are shown in the National Archaeological Museum of Nuoro.

The museum has been in Via Mannu 1 since 2002, in a nineteenth century manor house belonging to the 19th century Sardinian intellectual and politician Giorgio Asproni (fig. 1).

Fig. 1 - The entrance to the Archaeological Museum in Nuoro (from

The exhibited items, now arranged in six rooms, include a municipal collection from the early twentieth century, expanded over time by several donations from private citizens and above all by materials acquired by the Superintendence during its activity. The exhibition, in six rooms, shows the rich archaeological heritage of the area in the provinces of Nuoro and Ogliastra, starting from the Neolithic age (5th millennium B.C.), with particular reference to the Nuragic Age, and the sanctuary contexts (figs. 2,3), until the end of the Middle Ages (15th century A.D.), and allows a revisitation of the human population phases of the Upper Palaeolithic Age (20,000 years B.C.).

Fig. 2 - Blocks of trachyte with surfaces decorated by engraved geometric patterns, coming from the crowning of the Nurdole di Orani nuraghe, transformed into a place of worship (from
Fig. 3 - Reconstruction of votive store at the Sa Carcaredda-Villanova Strisaili temple (from

There is also a Palaeontology section in the museum, with items found in the Palaeontological site of vertebrates on Monte Tuttavista (Orosei) and from the Grotta Corbeddu (Oliena).


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