The Necropolis at Santu Pedru

Area interesse: Archaeological Sites
Area interesse: Archaeological Sites

In the Nurra area along the road to Uri you will find the Santu Pedru Necropolis (3500 – 1800 B.C.), a prenuragic archaeological site, situated on the slope of the hill made of trachyte called Santu Pedru in a position overlooking the whole valley below.

The archaeological finds date back to a period running from the Neolithic Age (Ozieri culture) to the Bronze Age (Bonnannaro culture).

The necropolis is composed of 8 tombs divided into cells. Some of the tombs are monumental and contain architectonic elements such as architraves, semicircular walls, pillars and symbols such as false doors and taurine horns.

Among the tombs, many of which are severely damaged, stands out the tomb called “of the four-legged vases”. A partially ruined, 16 metre long corridor leads directly to a semicircular antechamber. From its originally red painted bottom wall you enter the main rectangular room having its covering wall held up by two columns and this room gives access to the secondary tombs.

Another tomb is situated in the upper part of the slope. In medieval times it was converted into a rock church and the main room was changed into a big hall with two altars dedicated to St Peter and to St Lucia.

On the top of the slope you will find the Santu Pedru nuraghe, impossible to visit as it is in ruins, and a vast agglomeration of circular and quadrangular huts.

Photo by Giampiero Mulas

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