The settlements

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The Settlements

Most of the nuragic people lived in the villages. Daily life took place within the huts: these were modest dwellings made of stone with a roof usually made of trunks and branches (stramineo). The walls inside were often plastered with mud or clay and sometimes insulated with cork. There was usually a hearth at the centre (but not always) and along the walls there were the beds and areas for attending to household chores, sometimes marked by stone slabs fixed in the ground. When the thickness of the walls allowed, niches were left, sometimes above floor level. Foodstuff (cereal, but also water and other liquids) were often stored in large vases, buried in the floor with just the lips showing and covered with a stone slab. The final stage of the nuragic civilization saw the development of a more sophisticated type of hut which was indicative of a greater variety of activities: these are the so-called “sector huts", which sometimes reach the size of a regular block, that is, a complex of small rooms opening onto a common courtyard and often provided with an oven for baking bread. Until 1950 the sheepfolds were inhabited, and the shepherds often lived many months in loneliness. 

The village of "Nuraghe Appiu" (900-800 B. C.), one of the greatest of the island, consists of almost 200 huts of which, currently, 25 have been excavated.



Bronze Age

Ancient Bronze Nuragic I (1700-1350 B. C.).

Middle Bronze Nuragic II (1350-1200 B. C.).

Final Bronze Nuragic III (1200- 900 B. C.).

Iron Age

Nuragic IV (900- 510 B. C.).

Nuragic V (

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510-238 B. C.).