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The Cuccurada Nuraghe

The Cuccurada nuraghe is an unique polylobe that disrupts the usual architectural canons of nuragic theory. It consists definitely by an hallway nuraghe, reviewed and adapted in a later phase. Although still largely to be dug, it shows already in plan and elevation an architectural complexity of great interest. It has, in fact, a large courtyard linked with structures set against the access of the nuraghe itself. The structure is equipped with tholos vaulted rooms and hallways, but it has also no tapered halls, surmounted by slabs of closure.

The polylobe is definitely the result of the union of two nuraghis with different architectural style, called Cuccurada A and Cuccurada B and consists of five towers of which that one of the south-east has structural defects, probably due to an architectural transition period.
The current state shows four separate levels of elevation that makes it one of the most beautiful on the island. The third level of elevation shows a vaulted tholos hall, with a niche adjacent to a basalt tank.
This is an unique structure among other nuraghes dug out up to now, and makes it fascinating and impressive at the same time. The excavations have uncovered artifacts of great historical interest, since pre-Nuragic up to Christianity; it was brought back to light an ancient pre-Nuragic wall and a deposit of coins dating the Punic/Roman era, located in a niche of the entrance to the large courtyard; goat heads (characteristic of pagan cults), oil lamps with the Jewish seven branches candlestick, and lamps with early Christian symbol of Christ.
This nuraghe challenges the fortress-function theory of the nuraghis (like Lugherras nuraghe in Paulilatino).