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27 May 2008

We'd driven past the Nuraghe Albucciu every day for the past seven days, so as our time in Sardinia came to an end, we thought we'd better take a look at it even though we're not nuraghistas. This one did impress me though.

I liked the way the builders had used the natural outcrop of granite boulders to build the nuraghe around an morph into the landscape. The usual huge blocks of drystone were used to build it and it had the usual corbelled side-chambers and corridor leading up to a platform area at the top. Today it is surrounded by cork oaks and olive trees, and a curious natural overhanging rock feature stood right next to the tower structure. This impressed me more than anything.

The smooth expansive wall beneath the overhang reminded me of exactly the sort of place where I have seen Australian aboriginal rock paintings and Jordanian and San petroglyphs. I wondered if these smooth rock walls had once been painted with ochres and umbers showing animal and sacred symbols. I looked for any evidence but of course found nothing except tiny bees' nests, cobwebs and lichen.

And beneath the rocks was a small low gap (which I probably could have squeezed through had I been being chased by a fire-breathing angry bull), through which I could see a number of chambers had been carved into – almost cave-like but absolutely (wo)man-made.

I was surprised to find I liked this nuraghe because I could 'people' it in my mind. It seemed like a very comfortable place to live. It even had a potential (or long forgotten) art gallery space!
Jane Posted by Jane
31st May 2008ce
Edited 31st May 2008ce

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