Set on a hill overlooking Lake Coghinadorza, in a natural setting enhanced by the green of the mountains and valleys, the village of s'Urbale, which datesback to the mid-Bronze Age, is found in the territory of Teti, around 12 km away, south-west of Nuoro. The village is composed of around fifty circular huts built of blocks of granite with stone floors that can still be seen. Each hut has a square-shaped fireplace in the centre of the room, made out of beaten earth set on stones. The huts used to be thatched and insulated with clay and cork, using a technique that is different from that used in other Nuraghic villages. One hut has been faithfully reconstructed in the Teti archaeological museum, showing the high level of construction technique used: the hut includes a storage room with stone slabs fixed in the earth, used for food and tools, and a central fireplace with cooking plates and fragments of crockery.
Excavations have found clay and ceramic items that tell us about unusual, significant and fascinating aspects of daily life in the 9th century BC. These even include instruments for weaving - spindles, bobbins, loom weights - and processing cereals. The meeting hut, with benches against the walls, is also of particular interest. Inside you can see ornate earthenware vessels used for collecting votive offerings. Talking of religious services, near the village there is the Santuario di Abini, brought to light in 1931 - a holy place where the inhabitants of various villages met to celebrate shared religious festivals. In practice, it was a federal sanctuary for the Nuraghic population. The importance of the religious site was confirmed by the finding of numerous late-Nuraghic bronze votive offerings dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries, which are now on display at the Cagliari Archaeological National Museum.
Surrounded by rocky peaks cloaked in dense, ancient oak and cork forests, Teti's panoramic position dominates a priceless environmental heritage, dotted with archaeological sites: in addition to the villages of Abini and s'Urbale, you'll also find su Carratzu and su Ballu, the Nuraghic Alinedu and Turria, and the tombs of the Giants of Atzadalai. To complete the cultural tour, visit the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Neve in the historical centre, first built in the 17th century.