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The “tomba a camera” (VIII)

The Tomba a Camera is about 10 metres above the level of the ground. It originally had a large entrance with a staircase, that has now collapsed.

A rectangular atrium leads into a bigger room, also rectangular, with a sloping roof supported by pillars made in the rock. On the long side of the cell and the short left side, auxiliary cells can be seen (fig. 1).

Fig. 1 - Layout of the Tomba a camera (by TARAMELLI 1919, fig. 46, page 106).

The characteristic of this tomb are the decorations engraved in the architrave ceiling of the cell, that represents the wooden sloping roof with a central beam and sixteen lateral beams (eight per side) of a rectangular pre-Nuragic home (figs. 2, 3).

Figs. 2, 3 - Detail of ceiling in domus de janas VIII of S. Andrea Priu, known as the “Tomba a camera” (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).

The roof is supported by two pillars, one of which (the left) stands on a funeral bench saved on the left side, producing two false niches (figs. 4, 5).

Fig. 4 - The two false niches (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).
Fig. 5 - The funeral bench and two false niches (by TARAMELLI 1919, fig. 50, page 111).

Another element in this domus are the three hollows dug into the ante-cell floor i.e. Circular cavities contained in the rocky floor, used for collecting offers in honour of the deceased, and a dug-out tomb from the High Middle Ages.



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