The P.AR.C. Museum was founded in 2009 following the discovery and excavation of one of Sardinia’s most fascinating geo-palaeontological sites – the Duidduru quarry.
The Museum is divided in three parts, with a palaeontological and an archaeological section, and an educational workshop room.
In the main hall, fossils unearthed in the environs are on display, including pectens, echinoids, and a rare crinoid more than 250 million years old. A giant-sized poster allows visitors to travel back in time and reconstruct the geology and tectonics of Sardinia during the Miocene, a time when Sardinia was crossed by the sea. The image of a present-day tropical sea helps visitors imagine how the water that once coloured this land may have appeared in ancient times – a clear and shallow seabed, home to large sea urchins, scutella, clypeaster, sand dollars, large sharks, aturia, corals and many other forms of life just waiting to be discovered.
A smaller hall is devoted to the archaeological section and exhibits a full-scale reproduction of the bottom of the Santu Antine nuraghic well, which at 39 metres (128 ft) is the deepest of its kind in Sardinia. Reproductions of bronze statuettes uncovered inside the well round off the visit to this exhibition.
The jewel in the Museum’s crown is also its largest section – the educational workshop room. This is where the Museum visit culminates, offering a valuable cultural experience for children and adults alike. Not only does this educational workshop allow visitors to gain in-depth knowledge about the work of a palaeontologist and archaeologist, but the room also plays host to workshops on the environment, healthy eating and recycling.