Gigantic Tomb of Pascaredda

Calangianus, Italy

Tomba dei giganti di Pascaredda dates from the Bronze Age (1700-1400 BCE). The well-preserved site consists of about twenty stones and is 18 m long.


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Calangianus, Italy
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Founded: 1700-1400 BCE
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Italy


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Ilaria Cardella (3 years ago)
Spectacular place and magical atmosphere. The tomb is located about 3 km south-west from the town of Calangianus, within the nuragic complex of Monti di Deu with the San Paolo river running alongside it. The sepulcher was excavated and studied by Dr. Angela Antona in 1977, then Superintendent for Archaeological Heritage for the provinces of Sassari and Nuoro and is well preserved despite being used as a shelter for livestock. After having traveled a small path from the point where you can leave the vehicle, you will cross a splendid wooden bridge over the Badu Mela river and after two hundred meters immersed in the silence and peace of the cork wood we will find the tomb in all its beauty that has lived undisturbed for millennia. The funerary corridor is made up of vertical slabs stuck into the ground with a knife on which rows of slightly overhanging blocks rest. It has a length of 12 meters x 0.90 in width and 0.90 in height. It is covered on the top by 13 granite slabs and on the side by a mound of earth and small stones that protect it. The floor of the room is almost completely paved. At the end of the corridor we find a slab inserted transversely into the masonry that divides the space into two floors and forms a sort of niche. As for the front part of the sepulcher, a semicircular space opens up, the exedra, which has 18.40 meters of rope and is bounded by large vertical slabs also in granite, more precisely nine on the left and ten on the right, with a height sloping down starting from the central stele. The latter shows a rectangular bas-relief frame along the entire edge and unfortunately retains only the lower part, 2.10 meters high, while the upper part is absent, removed. On the right side of the exedra (as well as in many other tombs of the giants), crushed terracotta artifacts were found together with meal residues (according to the funeral customs of the time) and based on the analysis of the ceramics it was possible to date the use of the sepulcher from the 16th century BC to 1200/1100 a. C approx. How to get there: on the road that connects Tempio Pausania to Calangianus there are several signs. If you come from Tempio, find the fork on the right, from Calangianus instead, on the left. There is an open space for parking and from there a path that will take you after a short time to the wooden bridge that will lead you to the tomb.
Mario Spano (3 years ago)
Wonderful place, to be recommended.
Ilaria Orlandini (3 years ago)
This megalithic tomb, extraordinarily well preserved, can be reached by leaving the car in an open space about 700 meters from the site! Do not continue along the dirt road, because there are no parking possibilities and, going forward, it becomes really difficult to turn around! The walk to reach the tomb is suggestive: you cross a cork oak grove and you can see many plants typical of the Mediterranean scrub! The path is flat and easy, suitable for everyone! The tomb is magnificent: if you have the opportunity to see it without people around you will have a wonderful experience! There are no explanatory signs, except at the beginning of the route! Free place, usable at any time and very special!
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