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Province of Olbia-Tempio

Giants' grave

07028 Santa Teresa di Gallura Province of Olbia-Tempio, Italy

Nuraghe, Giants' grave of Coddu V, Su Nuraxi, Costa Smeralda, Tomba dei giganti di Li Lolghi

Giants' tomb (Italian: Tomba dei giganti, Sardinian: Tumba de zigantes / gigantis) is the name given by local people and archaeologists to a type of Sardinian megalithic gallery grave built during the Bronze Age by the Nuragic civilization. They were collective tombs and can be found throughout Sardinia, with 800 being discovered there.


A stone cairn lies over the burial chambers, with some examples having a cup-shaped entrance similar to the court cairn tombs of Ireland.


There are two general types of giants' tomb. In the so-called "slab type", uncut slabs are buried on end in the ground, and are arranged side-by-side. There is usually a central stele, which is the largest slab (up to 4 m in height) and has a doorway cut through it.

The sepulchres have a characteristic rectangular plan with an apse. The burial chamber is usually 5 to 15 metres long and 1 to 2 metres high. The structures were originally covered by a mound resembling the shape of an overturned ship. Near the entrance an obelisk (betile in Sardinian) is usually found, which symbolizes the gods or ancestors who watched over the deads.

The so-called "block type" tombs are made of rectangular-cut blocks (Bidistili, Madau II, Seleni II, Iloi, Mura Cuata).

There are also structures similar to the block-type giants tombs on the island of Malta, in the United Kingdom. and in Minorca.

List of major tombs

  • Su Mont'e s'Abe, near Olbia
  • Sa Dom'è s'Orcu, near Quartucciu
  • Two 18th-century BC tombs near Lanusei
  • Aiodda, near Nurallao
  • Coddu Vecchiu and Li Lolghi, Arzachena
  • Sa Dom'è s'Orcu, Siddi
  • Imbertighe, Borore
  • Madau, Fonni
  • Muraguada, Bauladu
  • Osono, near Triei
  • Tomb of San Cosimo, near Gonnosfanadiga
  • S'Ena'e Thomes, Dorgali
  • Bainzu, Borore
  • Sa Farch'e S'Artare, Seneghe
  • References

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