Giants' grave (Italian: Tomba dei giganti, Sardinian: Tumbas de sos zigantes) is the name given by local people and archaeologists to a type of Sardinian megalithic gallery grave built during the Bronze Age by the Nuragic civilization. They can be found throughout Sardinia, and so far 321 have been discovered.
There are two general types of giants' tomb.
In the so-called "slab type", uncut slabs are buried on end in the ground, and are arranged side-by-side. There is usually a central stele, which is the largest (up to 4 m in height) slab and has a doorway cut through it. The sepulchres have a characteristic rectangular plan with an apse. The burial chamber is usually 5 to 15 metres long and 1 to 2 metres high. The structures were originally covered by a mound resembling the shape of an overturned ship. Near the entrance was an obelisk (betile in Sardinian), which symbolizes the gods or ancestors who watched over the dead.
In the more primitive slab-type giants' tombs, the central slab is unmodified aside from the entrance that is cut through it at the base, or else there is a crude dolmen-like arrangement of 3 uncut rocks to form the entrance (Osono, Sortali, Lolghi, Pescaredda). In a more advanced slab-type giants' tombs, the central slab is modified so as to be rounded on top, and has a simple design carved into the front surface (Dorgali, Goronna, Santu Bainzu, Coddu Vecchju).
The so-called "block type" is made of rectangular-cut blocks (Bidistili, Madau II, Seleni II, Iloi, Mura Cuata).
There is also a structure similar to a block-type giants' tomb on the island of Malta.
List of major tombs 
- Su Mont'e s'Abe, near Olbia
- Sa Dom'è s'Orcu, near Quartucciu
- Two 18th century BC tombs near Lanusei
- Aiodda, near Nurallao
- Coddu Vecchju and Li Lolghi, Arzachena
- Sa Dom´e S´Orku, Siddi
- Imbertighe, Borore
- Madau, Fonni
- Muraguada, Bauladu
- Osono, near Triei
- Tomb of San Cosimo, near Gonnosfanadiga
- Ena ´e Thomes, Dorgali
- Bainzu, Borore
- Sa Farch´e S´Artare, Seneghe
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