Archeology

In Santa Teresa Gallura, looking at the sea, walking through the countryside, you can feel the strong music of ancient time. The wide spaces, the uncontaminated landscapes, the primordial beatifulness of the places, the ancient scents, all your thought is driven to far off times when the Gallura was crowded by men, heroes and gods. Few but of great evocative power are the remains, witness to an ancient civilization. On the way to Capo Testa you can find a whole nuragic village whose circular foundation are still visible, together with animal pens and also the base of an ancient furnace.

Protosardinian developed an autonomus and original social organization, whose most peculiar and spectacular feature is the Nuraghe. Experts do not agree on how to interpret their use: royal palaces, tombs, temples or defensive works ( the last one seems to be a most likely explanation). Unfortunatly, over the milleniums, the sedimentary or eruptive rocks the Nuraghe were built with ( truncated cone shaped), have been utilized to surround the estates or to construct new buildings. Yet the nuragic ruins overgrown with moss, communicate an extraordinary emotion in their mighty semplicity. In nuragic times, the pastoral community who lived in Santa Teresa had cult places, gods or heroes to worship, as testify two important archeological finds: the giants' tomb at Lu Brandali and La Testa.

It' s possible to visit the archeological places in the countryside, bathed in mediterrean scrub which has protected them from destruction. How magic it is to sit in silence, looking towards the sun, inside the exhedra , that is the area opposite the tomb, just as ancient people used to do like a sort of magnotherapy. Aristotele narrates the Sardinians used to sleep at their heroes's tombs, to preserve their uncorrupted bodies. Several witnesses show how relaxing it is to stop by these places which give you a sense of peace and of wellbeing as well.