The original name, nurache 'e losas, means' nuraghe of the tombs', and refers to the Roman cinerary urns carved into the rock outcropping on the edge of the area in which it stands. The unmistakable shape of the Losa nuraghe stands on the basalt plateau of Abbasanta, five kilometres from the small Oristano town. Walking around its huge, solid and flat structure - laid out in the shape of an equilateral triangle - you may notice that from certain angles, it looks like the bow of a ship. It is one of the most remarkable and characteristic expressions of nuragic architecture, and has been an archaeological excavation site since the 19th century, distinguished by its organic design, the compactness of the shapes and the refinement of the masonry techniques. Nearby are remains of an extensive settlement immersed in the greenery of the Mediterranean scrub, witness to thousands of years of history at the site, from the nuragic to the Roman age, when it was used for funeral purposes, through to the High Middle Ages (7th-8th century).