Ferruccio Barreca Archaeological Museum
The Mab Ferruccio Barreca Archaeological Museum offers a wide selection of archaeological materials found in the excavation campaigns that are still taking place on the island of Sant'Antioco.The exhibits on display cover a wide chronological span, which goes from the era of the first permanent human settlements of the Neolithic age to the final stages of Romanization. Most of the materials come from the Punic necropolis, from the Tofet sanctuary and from the inhabited area of the ancient Phoenician, Punic and Roman city of Sulky, the oldest Phoenician urban center in Sardinia. Adjacent to the Mabè the sacred area called Tofet, used from the first half of the eighth century. to. C. and abandoned during the first century. to. C. It is an open-air sanctuary, consecrated to the divinities Tinnit and Baal Hammon, in which the Phoenicians and the Punics buried the cremated remains of stillborn children or those who died at an early age with particular rituals. Previously it was believed, however, that these remains had belonged to children sacrificed in honor of the two deities in charge.