Villanova Monteleone,
where history is rediscovered
Among trees and hills, among rocks and fertile plains, between the perceptible silence of nature, known by a select few, you will finally come to soak in the fragrance and history of Sardinia.

The Giants' Tombs

The name given by the common people to the megalithic corridor graves of the nuragic civilization is due most of all to the noteworthy size of its body and the burial chamber of grave of some of them.

Such dimensions were determined by the fact that the tombs were, undoubtedly, collective graves, capable ofcontaining several dozen and, in some cases, several hundred corpses. A giants’ tomb is composed of an elongated burial chamber made of stone labs set vertically in the ground, in the oldest or dolmenic type, or by courses of stones laid in orderly fashion like the corridors in the nuraghi. The cover is also analogous, sometimes "tabular", with horizontal slabs, or with corbelled walls. At the front, the tomb body opened into two curving wings delimiting a semicircular area: the so-called "exedra" or forecourt, an element of great importance in rituals connected with the tomb. Here took place the complex funerary rites in honour of the deceased, which probably occurred not only at the time of burial, but which were repeated at determined times or anniversaries. The tomb presents in the archaeological park of "Nuraghe Appiu" is of small dimensions and is called monosome tomb; tombs for the burial of a single person.

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