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(pl. nuraghi) [MC]

A class of stone fortress built on the island of Sardinia between the early 2nd millennium bc and the late 1st millennium bc. The early examples are simple stone towers with internal chambers. Over time, however, they become larger and more complicated in their design so that later examples tend to have multiple towers with elaborate internal rooms and a warren of passages. These later examples form one component of fairly extensive defended settlements. The nuraghi of Sardinia are very similar in form and date to the torri of Corsica and the talayots of the Balearic Islands.

The Sardinian fortifications also give the name to the Nuraghe Culture which is associated with a flourishing bronze‐working industry using locally available ores. Amongst the diverse range of products are figurines. Stone chambered tombs also feature in Naraghe Culture, as do sacred wells.

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