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ARCHAEOLOGY

In the Costa Smeralda area there are many important archaeological sites. The majority of these sites are pre-nuragic and nuragic settlements, most of which are inside the town limits of Arzachena.
The sites, with their typical granite setting, are unique and evocative.
In the countryside near Arzachena, among pastures and vineyards, the well preserved outline of the tomb of the Giants of Coddu 'ecchiu can be seen.
It is an important funerary monument, dating from the Ancient Bronze Age (1800 B.C.), with a 4-meter-high stele and a semicircular exedra, made of large slabs driven into the ground, in front of the gallery-grave, also made of slabs.

The Necropolis of Li Muri, dating from 3500 B.C., is located in the countryside, along the provincial road to Bassacutena.
It consists of megalithic circles, made of granite slabs driven into the ground and placed in concentric circles to protect the tombs in the centre. On the outside, there are small stone boxes, which were used to collect food donations or sacrifice remains.
Nearby is the beautiful tomb of the Giants of Li Muri (or Li Loghi).
This tomb (1800 B.C.) has a superbly preserved large exedra and a high arched stele, which make it similar to the Coddu 'ecchiu tomb.

After leaving the centre of Arzachena, take the SS 125 towards Olbia. After a few kilometres, on the right side there is Albucciu Nuraghe. This nuraghe, dating from 1220 B.C., has a peculiar shape because it was built on a pre-existent granite rock.
On the opposite side of the road to Albucciu Nuraghe, there is an unpaved road which leads to the Nuragic Temple of Malchittu. During the nuragic period it was a worship place: it has an ellipsoid shape and a central altar inside.


 

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