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Trip Planner: Europe / Italy / Sardinia / Province of Sassari / Alghero / Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju
The necropolis of Anghelu Ruju is a pre-Nuragic archaeological site located north of the city of Alghero, Province of Sassari, Sardinia. It is the largest necropolis of pre-Nuragic Sardinia.Plan to visit Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju during your Alghero vacation using our convenient Alghero trip itinerary builder tool.
The necropolis was discovered accidentally in 1903 during the excavations for the construction of a farmhouse, in the winery of Sella&Mosca. A human skull and a tripod vessel were found on that occasion. Following these findings, the archaeologist Antonio Taramelli carried out, the following year, the first excavations of the site discovering ten domus de janas. Later 21 others came to light and further research works led to 38 domus discovered.
Within the many chambers are numerous finds of grave goods (vases, statuettes of the hypothesized "mother goddess", weapons, necklace beads etc.), which allow us to date the necropolis to the Late Neolithic (Ozieri culture 3200-2800 BC) and they prove its use even in the Copper and the early Bronze Age, between 2800 and 1600 BC, (cultures of Abealzu-Filigosa, Monte Claro, Bell Beaker, Bonnanaro). Furthermore, finds of flint tools, mace-heads, arrowheads, axes and beads suggest a culture which emphasized hunting and warrior prowess; whereas silver rings, copper daggers appearing to originate from Spain, an awl which likely was from southern France, a copper ring of an eastern European style, and an axe which was from the British Isles indicate that Sardinia was heavily involved in this time period with a great deal of international trade. The Sardinians, for their part, were known to possess an ample amount of valuable obsidian from Monte Arci, a long-dormant volcano on the island.
Among the most striking features of the Necropolis are the numerous carvings of long-horned bulls' heads, in and around at least three of the tombs. These have been hypothesized to support the "Mother Goddess" theory, as well as to suggest a sort of a Sun cult.
Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju reviews
This archeological site has necropoli that date back over 5000 years. Was fun crawling through the series of interconnecting tombs. Bring good foot wear, clothes you don't mind getting dirty and a...
This archeological site has necropoli that date back over 5000 years. Was fun crawling through the series of interconnecting tombs. Bring good foot wear, clothes you don't mind getting dirty and a... more »
We were staying close by and visited with our 11 year old who had great fun climbing in and out of these ancient caves with permission! Sadly there had been a lot of rain so there was a lot of...
We were staying close by and visited with our 11 year old who had great fun climbing in and out of these ancient caves with permission! Sadly there had been a lot of rain so there was a lot of... more »
Another must visit sight if you are interested in Sardinias Nuragic past, good value for money and handy if you are doing multiple things in one day as you won't need more than an hour to look round..... more
Another must visit sight if you are interested in Sardinias Nuragic past, good value for money and handy if you are doing multiple things in one day as you won't need more than an hour to look round..... more »
Very interesting site if you like necropolis (City of the dead)! For those who don't, it might be a bit boring. We were looking for bull horns and other decorations described on the pannels, but we didn't success. Just in one of the last tombs we enter, we were able to see a pair of bull horns!
A leap into the past in Anghelu Ruju and Palmavera. Beginning over 3000 BC. A culture that blends with Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, which leaves us traces of its buildings (Nuraghi) of over 2000 years ago and which unfortunately is mostly unknown to us. With masterful ability, our guide dr. Giovanna Tanda, archeologist, helped us retrace the fundamental stages of the Nuragic populations. A story unknown to me, despite the various visits to Sardinia. Deserves to be deepened. Thanks Giovanna for encouraging us to embark on our journey to discover the archaeological sites and the nuraghi in the rest of the island.
Incredible to see! Must do if you're in Alghero. You should buy the combined ticket with Palmera too... it's 8€
Very interesting, but pretty much impossible to visit with public transportaton. Cattogno buses have tours at Tuesdays, if enough people are interested, but I didn't luck out. The necropolis itself can be bad for people afraid of tight spaces, since you pretty much have to crawl in, but it's very beautiful on the inside.
Impressive 6000 years old tombs. Must see. The architecture of these eternal abodes is often decorated with details inspired from the homes of the living (steps, pillars, cornices, false architraves, false doors, false windows, etc.) and the moss that now covers the walls, nowadays lit up by the sun rays that creep through and warm up the hard stone at that depth where darkness doesn’t mean lack of light, hides traces of red ochre, as red as the blood which symbolises life.
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