Santu Antine and Nuragical Museum of Torralba
The archaeological complex of
Nuraghe Santu Antine
were built during the Bronze Age, probably during the century XVI BC, and is one of the most important testimonies of Nuraghic, both for size and architectural features.
The building consists of a bastion of approximately triangular shape, with three circular towers at the top, enclosing a large courtyard and an imposing central tower with remaining
highness of 17 meters.
The building is made of local lava basalt, with walls built entirely dry, without using mortar.
The stones are large megalithic structures in the lower part and smaller and more refined as you go up the top floor of the building.
The entry doors are overhanged by mighty stone lintels, and the circular rooms are covered by false-domes (
Outside the ramparts, between the centuries XIII and IX BC, a large Nuraghe village was developed, now partly unearthed by archaeological excavations, and it seems to involve a very
Many relics are displayed in the
Museum of the Valley of the Nuraghe
in Torralba, which presents an exhibition organized in a careful archaeological-didactic path, enabling visitors to understand the context of territorial and historical issues.
In particular, the ground floor offers a historical and archaeological description, through a large model of the complex of Nuraghe Santu Antine, accompanied by a large timeline which
identifies the stages of cultural development of the island.
On the first floor you cross the
Hall of Land
, with an interesting presentation of descriptive material from all the major archaeological monuments in the territory of Torralba, and you go to the
Hall of Santu Antine
where eight show-cases are devoted to the finds coming from excavations at the Nuraghe.
Then you pass to the
, where an interesting series of handworks demonstrates the life in the town even in historic times.
Finally there is the archaeological garden, with a remarkable collection of
found near Torralba, that through inscriptions and dedications permit a significant reconstruction of the Roman road network in Sardinia.