Fodor's Expert Review Museo Archeologico
Built within the walls of the Pisan castle erected in the early 1300s, Cagliari's archaeological museum is the world's foremost authority on Sardinia's ancient "nuraghic" civilization, named after the curious stone towers, or nuraghi, that are unique to the island. Archaeologists date most of these enigmatic structures to about 1300–1200 BC, the same time the ancient Israelites were establishing themselves in Canaan. Among the highlights on display are bronze statuettes from nuraghic towers and tombs, and the much-celebrated Giganti di Mont'e Prama, giant stone statues representing warriors and boxers, unearthed in the 1970s and only recently restored. Other items worth seeking out in the museum include a pearl-laden Phoenician faience necklace, finds from the Tuvixeddu necropolis, remnants from the archaeological site of Nora, and medieval gold coins.