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The Punic Roman Temple was discovered during the building of a tourist agency. The archaeological area accounts for just a part of a bigger building which, found on a protruding rock, covered the downward slope. This structure, built during the Punic-Roman Age, probably dating back to the 3rd or 2nd century B C, is extremely important. A Punic inscription was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century in what was called Birocchi Garden, to the west of the excavation site, and it unexpectedly revealed the genealogy of the builders. The building, which was undoubtedly majestic, must have been embellished with architectural elements: pedestals, columns, remains of frames and other moldings, which were removed during the Roman Republican age (2nd century B.C), when the structure was modified. These elements were recovered and reused in the new structure, in which there was a long wall in woven masonry at the end, and a pit where offerings could be placed. In actual fact, there weren’t only ex-votos – including small statues which represented male and female figures and small feet, legs and ears – but there were also food offerings which were placed in small pits made especially for this purpose. Many hypothesis have been proposed to explain the object of this cult, but it still is difficult to define. Some scholars assert that votive symbols represent a religious syncretism of the Republican age, which referred to healing powers, and indeed in Cagliari there is a temple devoted to Esculapio. We know that such temples were built within the city walls while at that time the viale Trento area was outside. Since so many different offerings were found in the deposit area, some scholars believe that they didn’t constitute a request to be healed from specific limb diseases, but they were used as good luck charms for those who were going on a long journey or coming back from one.