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Giants' grave of Coddu Vecchiu

Coordinates: 41°03′01″N 9°21′21″E / 41.05025°N 9.3558°E / 41.05025; 9.3558
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Coddu Vecchiu
Giants' grave Coddu Vecchiu (Sardegna)
Giants' grave of Coddu Vecchiu is located in Sardinia
Giants' grave of Coddu Vecchiu
Shown within Sardinia
Coordinates41°03′01″N 9°21′21″E / 41.05025°N 9.3558°E / 41.05025; 9.3558
Foundedc. 1800–1600 BC
CulturesNuragic civilization
Site notes
Excavation dates1966
ArchaeologistsEditta Castaldi
ManagementI Beni Culturali della Sardegna
Public accessyes
WebsiteArzachena, tomba di giganti di Coddu Vecchiu (in Italian)

Coddu Vecchiu is a Nuragic funerary monument located near Arzachena in northern Sardinia, dating from the Bronze Age. The site consists of a stele, stone megaliths and a gallery grave, and is one of the larger Nuragic Giants' graves on the island. The Nuraghe La Prisgiona is located nearby.



The site was excavated in 1966 by Editta Castaldi.[1] Among the artifacts recovered were pans, bowls and plates with comb decoration, as well as vases with bent necks, and vase fragments of the early Nuragic Bonnanaro culture, suggesting the monument was constructed early in the Nuragic period c. 1800–1600 BC.[2]

Coddu Vecchiu appears to have originally consisted of a cist, which was expanded during the middle Bronze Age c. 1800–1600 BC[3] and covered with a gallery grave and the ornate stele portal stone and megaliths characteristic of Giants' graves.[4] The stone forecourt consists of eleven granite stones arranged in a semicircle and measures about 12 meters (39 feet) across. It has been hypothesized that the semicircular arrangement of the stones may have been an attempt to harness the telluric current of the granite for rejuvenative purposes.[3] The central stele stands about 4 meters (13 feet) high and contains the entrance into the tomb. The gallery grave extends behind the forecourt, measures about 10 meters (33 feet) long, and was probably once covered by a tumulus.[2]

The upper portion of the stele was once taken by a local farmer and used as a plow, but it was soon recovered and restored to its place in the monument.[3] Coddu Vecchiu is among the most well-preserved of Giants' graves, and continues to be a popular tourist attraction.


  • The monument is visible on Google map satellite view and on street view.


  1. ^ "Sardegna Cultura – Luoghi della cultura – Monumenti". Sardegnacultura.it. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  2. ^ a b E. Castaldi (1969) Tombe di Giganti nel Sassarese. Origini III; pp. 132–143, 164–171, 199–202
  3. ^ a b c Dalla Vecchia, Isabella; Succu, Sergio (2015). Mysterious Places in Italy. ASIN B00T27ZY9Y.
  4. ^ Dyson, Stephen L.; Rowland, Robert J. (2007). Archaeology and History in Sardinia from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. pp. 47–49. ISBN 978-1934536-02-5.