Of the ancient Karaly, the Phoenician-Punic settlement in the Bay of Angels, remains today in view only the city of the dead, and in particular the funeral area‘s oldest and most representative, Tuvixeddu.

The necropolis of Tuvixeddu is a punic necropolis, one of the largest in the Mediterranean, located in a hill inside the city of Cagliari, Sardinia, called Tuvixeddu (in sardinian language Tuvixeddu mean hill of the little holes).

The discovery of flint and obsidian artifacts, dating from the sixth and fifth millennium BC, found among the Santa Gilla lagoon and the nearby hill of Tuvixeddu, testifies to the presence of humans since the Neolithic and, between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC the Carthaginians chose this hill to bury their dead: these burials were reached through a well dug into the limestone rock (deep from two to eleven meters), a small opening introduced to the burial chamber. The great archaeological interest in the necropolis of Tuvixeddu also lies in its ability to document, through rare examples throughout the Punic world, a tradition of wall painting of North African matrix. The burial chambers indeed were beautifully decorated: are represented decorative floral elements, such as friezes of lotus flowers and palms, but also snakes, cobras, gorgons, geometric patterns; there were also found amphorae and ampoules for the essences. Of particular importance is the Tomb of Sid and the Tomb of the Ureo, enhanced by a refined pictorial frieze in which stands the figure of the winged cobra snake. Another famous tomb is that “of the Wheel”.

On the slopes of the Tuvixeddu hill there is also a Roman necropolis, which overlooked the road at the exit of the city. The Roman necropolis consists mainly of arcosolium tombs and columbaria. The archaeological area of the necropolis is very large: it originally insisted on an area of about 80 hectares.

The area is always open to visitors(free entrance) and during weekend is possible to have a guided tour.

Opening times:

  • from November to February: 07.oo a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • March: 07.00 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.
  • April: 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
  • May: 6.00 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.
  • June: 5.30 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.
  • July: 5.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
  • August: 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
  • September: 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
  • October: 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

 

GPS Coordinates Hill of Tuvixeddu: 39.22902, 9.101196

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