In 2002, journalist Sergio Frau published an article on an important Italian newspaper claiming Sardinia is the mythical Atlantis – an idea that caused (and continues to cause) quite the debate.
For at least five centuries, the region’s nuraghi have spurred a variety of ideas as well: what are they, and what were they built for?
The Nuragic village in Su Nuraxi, Barumini (southern Sardinia) includes a few of these mysterious truncated cone structures. The oldest core dates back to the 2nd millennium BC, and is made up of a central tower with basalt blocks, surrounded by four towers at the corners.
Later, between the 13th and the 6th centuries BC, a village of winding little streets grew around this structure, with some sixty houses – sheds with stone foundations – that still had people living in them in the 1st century BC.
Some experts say the central nucleus was used for religious ceremonies, others say for defending the village from attacks, other yet for storing food stocks.
The mystery, and the beauty of this place, might never vanish. Frau wrote in his article, “The ancient Greeks believed Atlantis was the most beautiful place in the world, a place for regret, the island of perennial spring according to Plato, with plentiful metals, forests, and silver”: et voilà, Sardinia.