THE PHOENICIAN AND PUNIC SETTLEMENT OF MONTE SIRAI
The archaeological area of Monte Sirai is only 2 Km. far from the town of Carbonia (S.S. 126) and can be easily reached by an asphalt road. The Phoenician and Punic town stands on a hill whose history dates back to the Neolithic (as the presence of the Domus de Janas witnesses) and after to the Nuragic Age. However it is only with the Phoenicians, that occupied the hill from about 750 B.C., and above all with the Carthaginians (from 520 B.C.) that the town assumed the look still visible today.
The settlement consists of different areas; in this way the town can be visited following different itineraries: the inhabited area and its quarters, squares and houses; the sacred places with the temple of the town and the tophet; the necropolises with the earlier Phoenician graves and the fine underground rooms of the funeral Carthaginian hypogea.
Rock cut underground room (Punic necropolis)
It is possible to book guided visits to the site of Monte Sirai, inside an archaeological park provided with all the best structures of reception for tourists.
The excavations on the hill began in 1963. Today they are yearly carried out, by the Phoenician and Punic Institute of C.N.R. of Rome in summertime, in collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency for the Provinces of Cagliari and Oristano.
Excavations on Monte Sirai
Small bone plaque from the temple of the town
For information and booking :
Museo Archeologico "Villa Sulcis"
Via Napoli - 09013 Carbonia - tel. 0781/64044 Administrative Offices tel. 0781/665037
VISITING HOURS & OFFERED SERVICES:
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (except Monday)
guided visits for single individuals, tourist groups and school groups, in Italian, English and French.