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The nuragic wells, justly defined as sacred, are unique for their structure and ritual function. Although they have not been dated to precision, it seems they appeared in the nuragic civilisation towards the end of the 2nd millennium b.C. Their social function is clear – beyond the mere necessity of water being vital for every living creature – by the relevant number of finds originating from them. We refer to excellent vases, decorated either by imprinting or with mamillary plastic reliefs, and to bronze statuettes (the famous “bronzetti”) commonly considered "ex-voto". A hoard of such precious objects is explained only by a strong faith in the healing and regenerative capacities of a divinity which reveals itself to man in the waters of deep underground veins. The hypogeaic structures, together with the external concentrics, are considered by some to be symbolic in that they schematise the sign of the female reproductive capacity.
Bronzes found at Su Tempiesu (Orune)