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Archaeology goes “live” in Sardinia

Live Excavations at Barumini: a unique experience for enthusiasts and tourists

In Barumini, the archaeological site of Su Nuraxi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has transformed into a live stage, with archaeologists performing their meticulous work in front of an eager audience. This initiative, which began this morning, marks the start of the excavation and restoration campaign at Nuraxi ‘e Cresia, a nuraghe discovered in 1990 beneath the floor of Casa Zapata, a historic residence of the noble Aragonese family.

Visitors now have the rare opportunity to watch these archaeological processes unfold right beneath their feet. The site is perfectly set up for this kind of live excavation display, as explained by Michele Zucca, the mayor of Barumini. “The nuragic complex is situated under the floor of the medieval building and can be viewed from a walkway that spans the area,” he said.

This initiative is a collaborative effort involving the Barumini Foundation, led by Emanuele Lilliu, the Municipality of Barumini, and the Superintendency of Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Landscape for the metropolitan city of Cagliari and the provinces of Oristano and South Sardinia, directed by Monica Stochino. The scientific director of the project is Gianfranca Salis.

The Museo Casa Zapata, which displays artifacts found during previous excavations, is now enhanced by the live presence of archaeologists working beneath its glass floor. “The public is fascinated by watching the experts methodically remove thin layers of soil to date the findings and understand their context,” said Salis. “This careful preservation of artifacts and organic remains allows us to reconstruct the lives of the ancient inhabitants, unfolding pages of history that the earth reveals with the help of modern technologies.”

For Emanuele Lilliu, this project offers a dual benefit. “The excavations may lead to new discoveries and highlight connections with the nearby Su Nuraxi monument,” he explained. “Witnessing these activities live, and possibly experiencing the excitement of an important find, significantly enhances the appeal of this archaeological complex, positioning it as a major tourist attraction.”

(Source: ANSA)

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