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Admire the phoenician city of
Tharros


Photographs by David Donnini

Tharros is currently an archaeological site in the Province of Oristano. Tharros, mentioned by Ptolemy in the Itineraries, seems to have been one of the most important places on the island. Until some years ago, the archaeological findings in the area supported the theory that Phoenicians founded the town in 8th century BC. The probability of this was reduced by the finding of some parts of the old settlement in the Mistras Lagoon. A submerged 100 m wall seems to be part of a port structure much older than the Phoenician one, since in 1200 BC sealevel rose, swallowing the existing buildings. A previous nuragic settlement apparently existed there in the Bronze Age, as the nuragic presence near the tophet area seems to suggest. Excavations showed that from the 8th century BC to its abandonment in the 10th century Tharros was inhabited, first by Phoenicians, then by Punics and then by Romans. However, its history during most of the period of Roman domination or early Christianity is unknown.


Beautiful movie of Tharros from the sky: