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Nuragic Complex Of Sa Seddà 'e Sos Carros

Visiting Sardinia, enjoying the beautiful colour of its sea​​, its traditional savoury food, its sublime wines, you cannot return home without trying to understand the history of this wonderful land. There are many extraordinary places, of which I have already written and will write about, but there is one in particular that I recommend visiting, immersing yourself in this corner of the world and learning on the origins of Sardinia. 

At 127 km from the Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites and a couple of hours by car, near the green Lanaitho valley, in the Oliena’s  Supramonte, surrounded by the granite mountains that have been called the Sardinian Dolomites, there is an extraordinary archaeological work of 3000 years ago which combines art, worship and engineering.

The era is the same of ancient Egypt’s pyramids, or of the Mesopotamia’s Ziqqurats, places that have left us some fantastic archaeological finds, such as these that we find here in Sardinia, at the Nuragic Complex Sa Seddà 'e Sos Carros which in Sardinia means "the passage point of carts" to indicate perhaps the intense commercial activity of the place.  Set in the valley like a handful of precious stones, it is one of the most involving Sardinian sites: Sa Seddà 'e Sos Carros dates back to the period between the Late Bronze Age and the early Iron Age (XII-IX centuries BC) when in the Nuragic man learned to melt and mould metals, and evidence of this activity were found inside the village's circular huts. 

On one side of the nuragic village (learn more about: The Nuraghi: Ancient Heritage Of Sardinia), a building, different from the others, draws our attention: it is a "sacred spring" (learn more about Holy Wells & Sacred Springs) and has a circular interior with walls formed by squared blocks and on the top of the fourth ring of stones nine sculptures, probably heads of mouflon or ram, have a hole from which the water, coming from conduits inside the wall, used to spring water into a round basin placed in the middle of the room. Near the hut housing the sacred spring there is a circular construction with steps all around: it was probably the pool for the ritual baths that were taken using the sacred water of the spring.

With regret I leave this place so rich in prehistory, listening to its story out of the music that the wind performs in my ears, considering that it was the same wind raffling the hair of those Sardinian remote people.

"What makes the desert beautiful," said the little prince, "is that somewhere it hides a well.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

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Written by Daniela Toti

 

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