Could the complexity of the internal arrangement be intentional, destined to hide the proceedings of some funeral or initiation rite? The presence of a fired clay area located in the centre of the central monument’s unique room weighs in favour of this hypothesis. Ritual fires were lit, as reflected by the presence of ashes. The “torre” is a fire temple, however, we do not know the purpose of these fires. Are they linked to initiation rites, deaths, natural events, or divinities?
The Corsican “torre”, the Sardinian “nuraghi”, Balearic “talayots”, are all part of a large Mediterranean architectural family, who use the cupola in the construction of circular monuments. The covering of the “torre” is no longer made of straw or wood, but instead made of a false vault of corbelled stones, that funnel around the top.
The Torrean monuments of Filitosa were not only a refuge or a place of worship; they were also used as warehouses for food supplies or weapons, or as an observation site.