Nuraghe di Palmavera
The archaeological site of Nuraghe di Palmavera is one of the most important Nuraghic excavations in Sardinia.
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The Nuraghe di Palmavera is one of the largest and most important Nuraghic sites on the island of Sardinia. It is located immediately alongside the Fertilia to Porto Conte road (about 10 km north of Alghero) and is open all year round.
At the core of the site are the remains of a palace which is surrounded by a tight cluster of some fifty circular huts.
The palace was founded around the fourteenth century BC, which is during the Middle Copper Period, and consists of a central tower with an additional elliptical bastion and second tower that were both added at a later date.
Its entrance, the use of which requires a certain amount of stooping, looks unusually small for such a palace and it is deemed that this was a defensive measure. The corridor on the inside leads to the main tower and it is possible to appreciate the tholos or beehive construction of inwardly sloping walls. Another corridor to the right is thought to have given access to a staircase from which the second floor and external terraces could be gained.
The surrounding huts were probably all dwellings with the exception of one. The Capanna delle Riunioni can be found opposite the palace entrance and is larger than the other huts. Such a prominent position has led to the belief that this was a meeting place for the village elders, a theory further reinforced by the presence of a low stone bench that runs around the inside of the hut. A stool at the centre is a copy of the original which can be seen in Sassari at the Museo Sanna.
Later building phases at the site are distinguished by the use of limestone in place of the original sandstone and habitation finally ended around 800-700 BC with a catastrophic fire being the most likely cause.
Entrance is in the region of two euros plus an additional charge for the use of a handheld guide. Visitors can also purchase a ticket that allows access to nearby Anghelu Ruju.