Nuraghe la Prisgiona
Mauro is a man with a passion. His passion is Sardegna, his love is history. Mauro could talk for the whole day about it without ever getting bored. Mauro brings things to life, as do all people who speak with passion. In fact, he could talk all day and you wouldn't get bored either.
How lucky was I that I mentioned, as an aside, that I did a bit of freelance journalism. From that moment on we had his undivided attention. Prisgiona is a site near Arzachena but it's not easy to find. It's on a short dirt road on a small hill and it's reshaping some of the ways that the Nuraghe civilization operated.
The first hut was unearthed in 1959 but it was 15 years before the main tower (pic 3) came to light. There are over 100 circular buildings (pic 2) known and the site was only opened in June 2008.
Mauro explained how they who made the decisions for the community used to meet in a roundhouse and he even showed us the exact building but, of course, as a first time visitor it's the towers that grab your attention. They are, after all, 2,500 to 3,500 years old.
The head archeologist, who Mauro insisted I mention, is Angela Antona and, apparently, she's even more enthusiastic than he is. I found that hard to believe.