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Comune di Nuragus
Panorama of Nuragus
Panorama of Nuragus
Nuragus is located in Sardinia
Location of Nuragus in Sardinia
Coordinates: 39°47′N 9°2′E / 39.783°N 9.033°E / 39.783; 9.033
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province South Sardinia
Frazioni Lixius
 • Mayor Giovanni Daga
 • Total 19.9 km2 (7.7 sq mi)
Elevation 359 m (1,178 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 968
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Nuraghesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 08030
Dialing code 0782
Website Official website

Nuragus (Latin: Valentia[2]) is a small town[3], in administrative terms a comune (municipality), in the Province of South Sardinia in the Italian autonomous region of Sardinia, located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of the local capital Cagliari.

Nuragus borders the following municipalities: Genoni, Gesturi, Isili, Laconi, Nurallao.


Copper trade originating in the eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze Age kingdom of Alashiya (probably Cyprus) reached as far west as Sardinia, where five typical oxhide ingots were first turned up by a plough in 1857, at the foot of a demolished nuraghe called Serra Ilixi by locals.[4] The find was published by Luigi Pigorini in 1904.[4] Ingots from Serra Ilixi are on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Cagliari.[3]

Between Nuragus and Nurallao there is the Giants' tomb of Aiodda, also from the Nuragic era.[3]


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Richard Talbert, Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, (ISBN 0-691-03169-X), Map 48.
  3. ^ a b c Official tourism website of Sardinia. Town Nuragus, (c) Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, Assessorato del Turismo, Artigianato e Commercio. Accessed July 2018.
  4. ^ a b Lo Schiavo, Fulvia (2017). Jean MacIntosh Turfa, ed. The Western Mediterranean before the Etruscans. The Etruscan World. Routledge Worlds (1 ed.). Routledge. pp. 202–203. ISBN 9781138060357. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 

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