Tuvixeddu necropolis

Necropolis of Tuvixeddu
Necropoli di Tuvixeddu
Areal view of part of the necropolis
Shown within Italy
Location Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Region Sardinia
Coordinates 39°13′44″N 9°6′04″E / 39.22889°N 9.10111°E / 39.22889; 9.10111Coordinates: 39°13′44″N 9°6′04″E / 39.22889°N 9.10111°E / 39.22889; 9.10111
Type Necropolis
Founded 6th century BC
Cultures Punic, Roman
Site notes
Management Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici per le province di Cagliari e Oristano
Public access Yes

The necropolis of Tuvixeddu is a punic necropolis, one of the largest in the Mediterranean, located in a hill inside the city of Cagliari, Sardinia, called Tuvixeddu (in sardinian language Tuvixeddu mean hill of the little holes).

Between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC the Carthaginians chose this hill to bury their dead: these burials were reached through a well dug into the limestone rock (from two to eleven meters deep), a small opening introduced to the burial chamber. The burial chambers were beautifully decorated; there were found amphorae and ampoules for the essences. Of particular interest among the Punic tombs, the "Uraeus tomb" and the "Fighter Tomb", decorated with paintings of palm trees and masks, still well preserved. Another famous tomb is that "of the Wheel".

On the slopes of the Tuvixeddu hill there is a Roman necropolis, which overlooked the road at the exit of the city. The Roman necropolis consists mainly of arcosolium tombs and columbaria.

The necropolis opened to the public in May 2014, during the XVIII edition of "Monumenti Aperti". The archaeological area is large, it originally consisted of an area of about 80 hectares (200 acres).



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