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Updated: Feb 27


Talaiotic Ia (1400-1150 BC) — Middle Ages


Area: 37.500 m²

The village is the most important of Menorca's western section. It possesses many buildings in its interior and exterior, and it integrally preserves its wall. The remains of at least four talaiots have been found included in the wall, as well as a possible navetiform, numerous houses and two Pre-talaiotic hypogaea outside the city walls. These artificial caves are usually for funerary purposes.

The taula

The sanctuary is located at the center of the settlement, and has a façade of two entrances instead of one. It encloses a taula of a great size, but sadly the taula was deliberately destroyed, as attested by the groove across the pillar that was used to cut it in half. A stone inside the precinct has been found with the inscription "LACESE", which endorses a possible endurance of the village during the Roman era.

The walls


10th century BC (Talaiotic II)

The most striking feature of this settlement is its well-preserved impressive walls. Towers, bastions, gates and casemates are easily seen in the wall. Several building techniques can be distinguished, belonging to different eras and later alterations. The oldest segments of the wall are built with orthostats, i.e. vertical irregular-shaped stones. The towers seem to have a slight Hellenistic or perhaps Roman influence, as their building techniques consisted of horizontal ashlars.

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