© Jeff Matthews
one of the most visited archaeological
sites on Sardinia. It overlooks the Gulf
of Otranto near Oristano on the west coast
and is easily accessible by major roads.
Tharros was founded by the Phoenicians in
the 8th century BC on the site of an
earlier nuraghic village called Su Muru
Mannu; thus, from very early
times, there is a direct line of
habitation by the nuraghic dwellers,
Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
The site was abandoned in the 10th century
AD in the face of Saracen
incursions all along the Sardinian coasts.
The site was subsequently used as a
update March 2011: As of January,
2010, nearby Oristano is the site of the
facility for the University of Sassari's new
2-year post-graduate specialization program
and coastal landscape archaeology.
The latest copy of the UNESCO list of Courses in
Underwater Archaeology at
Universities and other Institutions lists
47 such programs in the world, 7 of which
are in Italy. The Sassari/Oristano one is
the only Italian post-graduate program in
the field, although other universities and
technical schools have undergraduate courses
in marine archaeology as part of general
archaeology degrees or offer classes such as
"cultural heritage focusing on archaeology
of the sea."
No doubt, the proximity to Tharros made the
site a good choice for such a program.
Eleven candidates passed the first entrance
examination; two are Sardinian, with others
from Calabria, Campania, Tuscany and Sicily
in Italy, as well as from Greece and Spain.
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