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THE VALLEY AND THE TEMPLE OF ANTAS

  Antas' valley  
 

The archaeological area of Antas covers a fundamental role in the history of Sardinia. This area, in the period nuragico attracted the interest before the Carthaginian ones and after the Romans, for the wealth of the lead layers and iron.
In the archaeological site it has been brought to the light a path that conducts to the near cave of "On Mannau", of the ruins of a housing nucleus of the period nuragico and Roman, the necropolis and the ruins of the Temple Punico-Romano devoted Sardus Pater Babai to the adoration of the god of the Sardinians. The valley, to be important from the archaeological point of view, is further also very fascinating from the naturalistic point of view, thanks to the presence of centenary lentischi, of bugs of every type and color and of rocky rocks that go up again ago to 500 million years, many years before the birth of the man.

Antas's story  
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The necropolis: in 1984 they have been open three grit graves, two they contained an interred individual, while the bystander had been built to commemorative use (cenotaph), in fact the dead one was not present but only the funeral outfit.
Under the staircase of access of the Temple Romano the rests of a first temple can be admired devoted to Sid Addir Babai; the archaeologists have esteemed a first construction of the temple around the 500 a.c., period during which the sacello was built. In the 300 a.c. were performed some external decorations.

In 1836 the general La Marmora, lover of Sardinia and the ancient history, discovered in the valley of Antas the temple Romano, whose reconstruction was finished in 1967 to work of the archaeologist Barreca. The temple divides him in three parts: pronao, cell and bipartite adyton; the prospectus is tetrastilo and introduces him with four frontal columns and two side.
 
 

The columns are tall around 8 meters, they finish all with some fascinating ionic hair. The floor of the cell introduces a mosaic with black edge, decidedly ruined; in the adyton, the sacred part of the temple there is two tubs that presumably were used by the priests to purify themselves before the ceremonies; in the last part the statue of the Sardus Pater was almost surely you, of which a finger of the hand has been found, only from whose dimensions the archaeologists have esteemed for the statue a height of around 3 meters. The temple was crowned from a triangular pediment and from a coverage in plain tiles..

Antas' Temple  
  Antas

In the surrounding area to the temple have been found some pits with rests of animals (bones and skulls), from these recoveries it is implied that in the temple were performed some sacrifices.
Gifts have been found also dedicate, as bronze statues, lances in iron and a lot of coins.

 
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