Prehistoric Sardinia – Monte d’Accoddi

Sardinia is one of the most geologically ancient bodies of land in Europe and in the picturesque province of Sassari lays the prehistoric, megalithic, ziggurat of Monte d’Accoddi.  

The largest and only one in Europe.

Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life Monte d'Accoddi

This megalithic structure dates back to 4000 – 3,650 BC, and was just discovered fifty-nine years ago! It’s been described as an altar, temple or step pyramid.

Reconstruction of the altar started in the 80’s with commission to re-build the top-level of the altar and the straightening of the menhir, which was found on its side.

Monte d'Accoddi by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life

Monte d’Accoddi, Sardegna, Italia

Menhir, Monte d'Accoddi

Menhir, Monte d’Accoddi

The gigantic oval stone “was brought to the site years after the altar was discovered in 1954.” Said someone at the site.

Oval stone at Monte d'Accoddi

Oval stone at Monte d’Accoddi

I’m left questioning … “what was really going on at this giant prehistoric altar?”

To me, the menhir symbolizes strength within a society –  man, whereas the oval stone is the entrance to the gateway of life – woman.

What do you think?

Ponder this while you take in the view from the top of Monte d’Accoddi.

Monte d'Accoddi by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life (2)

What happened at Monte d’Accoddi?

P.S. Sardinia not just breathtaking beaches and emerald coasts.

Sources: – Photo Gallery Prehistorical altar of Monte d’Accoddi 
Wikipedia – Monte d’Accoddi

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About Jennifer Avventura

Canadian Freelance writer living in Sardinia, Italy. A serial expat who has lived in Australia, England and Cayman Islands. She eats Nutella with a spoon and hides under the bed during lightning storms. When she's not out running 6k you will find her sitting at the computer - writing her novel and searching for worldwide waitress work.
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11 Responses to Prehistoric Sardinia – Monte d’Accoddi

  1. Christie says:

    Drop-off point or waystation after the submersion of Atlantis?

  2. I like that egg-shaped boulder thingy 🙂

  3. Fascinating, Jennifer! Reminds me a bit of the ancient Inca ruins here in Ecuador. Recently visited and wrote about our trip to Ingapirca.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  4. Rosemarie says:


    This is truly fascinating and a site to behold. A must see when we get back to Sardegna! You always share the most interesting sites! Thank you for all of your hard work and effort, we all get to learn and enjoy so much about Sardegna! May God Bless!

    The Sard/American

  5. With so many similar pyramid like structures world wide I often wonder if our ancestors were great world travellers too.

  6. Keren says:

    Well the Menhir looks like the Indian version of a lingam stone … the oval stone could have been moved … therefore, possibly making it an altar or a temple to a fertility goddess. The Sardinian “Madre Dea” is a fertility goddess after all.

  7. We actually did not find this while travelling on the island this summer. We drove around in circles, must have been pretty close, but there were no clear signs locating it. A pitty!

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