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26 December 2006
Biru 'e Concas: a Sardinian megalithic wonder

Near the village of Sorgono, in Sardinia (Italy) lies what is probably one of the lesser known megalithic wonders of the world. An impressive Neolithic site of about 200 tall stones, 30 of them aligned east-west on a double row and the rest laying on the ground. This striking concentration of stones is located on a 5-hectare area called 'Biru 'e Concas' (Path of the Heads). The discovery was made 15 years ago by Francesco Manca, an amateur archaeologist who used to be also one of the former mayors of Sorgono. Around the impressive stone alignments traces of circular huts - maybe a nuragic settlement built much later - have been found, along with a hidden water spring, while on nearby hills lie two nuraghi, a Giant's tomb and a dolmen.
     Local Superintendence has made two excavation projects led by archaeologist Enrico Atzeni. "The work has been long and very difficult, because archaeologists had to put the stones back in their original upright positions. But now Biru 'e Concas has the largest concentration of standing stones of all the Mediterranean," Francesca Barracciu - the current mayor of Sorgono - said.
     Mrs Barracciu also looked for a grant and a further excavation season at the site. And recently the Ministero dei Beni Culturali gave green light to the project and alloted 400,000 euros to the third excavation season at Biru 'e Concas. The site has been also included into the National Archaeology Plan. "We hope that soon everybody could admire the 200 menhirs aligned on the sacred hill as they were placed 5000 years ago. And we also hope to excavate and restore the nuragic huts, so to have a full and deeper view of the site," added Mrs Barracciu.
     
Sources: La Nuova Sardegna (18 November 2006), Archeologia Sarda (November 2006)

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