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The Coddu Vecchiu giants Tombs

The Giants Tombs are the funerary monuments dating back to nuragic times (around 1500 BC), found only in Sardinia about 800 specimens have been discovered. They are buildings with a rectangular plan, consisting of large blocks of stone embedded in the ground. The burial chamber is generally about 20 to 30 meters long and 2 to 3 meters high. The front part of the tomb is made from a series of stone slabs arranged in a semicircle. At the center of these a stele up to 4 meters high is placed, finely crafted and with a small opening, which served as an entrance to the tomb.

In times past it was said that within these prehistoric monuments lay the remains of giants more than 10 meters tall. In fact, the large size of the tombs are due to the fact that they harbored the remains of so many people (up to 100). We do not have information about the burial rituals, but it is likely that they were dedicated to the most important people of the village.

The Coddu Vecchiu Giants Tombs, are located a few kilometers from the town of Arzachena, and is without doubt one of the most important monuments of the nuragic age in Sardinia. The central stele, at more than 4 meters high, is the largest so far discovered.

Coddu Vecchiu giants Tomb

The Coddu Vecchiu Giants Tombs, are located a few kilometers from the town of Arzachena, and is without doubt one of the most important monuments of the nuragic age in Sardinia.