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Tomb XI (Rock Cut Tomb) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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31st May 2009ce

Tomb I (Rock Cut Tomb) — Links

Trepanned skull found


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31st May 2009ce

Tomb I (Rock Cut Tomb) — Fieldnotes

Northwest of the groups of tombs so visible from the access track, and in line with the field boundary, this tomb is just to the right of the path.
A short dromos, into a chamber with a central pillar and a niche opposite the entrance, and then two doors to the right. Climbing through, you're on a little rocky platform and the ground slopes away towards 4 doors set up from floor level and with a magnificent step to reach the farthest to the left, and a further chamber beyond the second left.
Something about this made me think of the fantastic Hal Saflieni Hypogeum on Malta - but on a much smaller scale of course. I spent what seemed like ages just sat enjoying the cool and the calm and the shafts of sunlight illuminating the entrance.
As in Tomb XVI a twice trepanned skull (image linked) was found here - though this person was not so lucky .... they didn't survive the second operation.
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31st May 2009ce

Tomb XII (Rock Cut Tomb) — Fieldnotes

I couldn't believe my eyes when I found the plan of this tomb .....
The long dromos or corridor was partly flooded so I'd climbed down into in it where it narrows, and straight in to the main chamber (pictured) with doors at the centre of each of the walls. I'd also noted a chamber to the side of its antichamber, but didn't realise quite how extensive either part was. Take a look at the plan!
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31st May 2009ce

Tomb XVI (Rock Cut Tomb) — Fieldnotes

One of the most important tombs at this site, and we didn't find it. It's in the area of scrubby vegetation between the very visible tombs such as Tomb VIII and the buildings you pass on the track to get here - hence the grid reference is not absolutely accurate.
It was found still sealed with a slab, and finds included burials from around 2000BCE (though other finds have been noted from the much ealier Ozieri culture) and a twice trepanned skull.
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31st May 2009ce

Tomb XII (Rock Cut Tomb) — Images

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31st May 2009ce

Tomb X (Rock Cut Tomb) — Images

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31st May 2009ce

Tomb XII (Rock Cut Tomb) — Images

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31st May 2009ce

Pozzo Sacro di Pedrio Canopoli (Sacred Well) — Fieldnotes

This holy well is right in the centre of Perfugas, next to the church. It was discovered in 1923, and named after the owner of the garden it occupies.

The area around has been partly excavated, but it's the well itself that's the shining star in white limestone. There's a passageway and then steps down into the well chamber with its perfectly circular cross section.

It's fenced off and locked! I enquired at the library on the corner about a key, and was directed to the museum and tourist information .... right at the far end of town on a scorching hot day. When we got there - shut!
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25th May 2009ce
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