It's true name, preserved by the local tradition as well as many other signs of the land and history, is Su nurache ‘e losas, that means “the nuraghe of the tombs”. The name refers to the roman cinerary urns dug into the rock emerging at the boundaries of the area. The nuraghe Losa has its own unmistakable shape: a powerful, solid and flat trapezoid.

Walking around it, this image alternates to perspectives recalling the high prow of a ship. When entering, one discovers that the compact mass contains some wide rooms. Yet, there is no open courtyard, which in most complex nuraghi was an important and central functional space; it suggests that at Nuraghe Losa the courtyard was replaced by other external spaces.

The lack of the central courtyard and the equilateral tri-angle plan make the nuraghe Losa a solid and compact mass; perhaps this is the secret of its extraordinary state of preservation. Beyond the high doorstep, one finds three corridors leading to three round vaulted rooms. Even without excluding a coherent planning, the central tower was certainly built first. Read more...

During the Bronze Age, that was the age of the heroes of the ancient mediterranean civilizations, a people rooted in Sardinia since several millennia built thousands of cyclopean stone monuments, the nuraghi. About four centuries (1600-1200 BC) of building frenzy, demographic increase, land colonization and agricultural development, created a highly deforested and exploited landscape, dotted with small and large nuraghi.

These multipurpose buildings functioned as coordinating centres, mainly for concentration and redistribution of products, and formed a thick network structured in several districts with different hierarchical levels. Actually the nuraghi kept an important role in the land exploitation till medieval and modern times.

The archaic nuraghi are squat and low, at first without rooms but provided with corridors and niches; afterwards embryonic elliptical or rectangular rooms developed. An example is the elliptical room at ground floor of nuraghe Òrgono at Ghilarza (about 7 km from nuraghe Losa on S.S. 131 DCN towards Nuoro, but easily reachable from the old road Ghilarza - Sèdilo).  Read more...

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