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The Domus de Janas
Literally “houses of the fairy-witches” as they are known in popular culture, they are in fact hypogea reserved for the dead. They are present in almost all the island testifying in their varying typologies to the life of the peoples in the early and mid Neolithic and Calcolithic (at least the mid-3rd millennium and early 4th millennium). They have a simple or articulated planimetry, numerous chambers haphazardly placed around an anteroom. Hollowed out in all kinds of rock (granite, limestone, basalt, sandstone, etc.), at times they have narrow spaces, at others vast, monumental ones and are frequently rendered more precious by naturalistic or stylised iconographic motifs relating to religious content, or to the cult of the dead of various peoples. These motifs, inspired by the animal kingdom, represent a bovine or caprine head in a naturalistic or schematic style.
The main Domus de Janas of Maria Frunza (Nuoro)