Megalítica - Megaliths of Menorca

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The Megaliths on Menorca from before-Biblical time became to a large extent only in 20. Century discovers and investigates. Until today the archaeological work is not yet locked and still so some surprise waits behind hedges and under shrubs. The buildings of Megaliths have similarity with those from England (Stonehenge) and with hill graves from our homeland. But their enormous extents let influences of Egyptian building activity assume. In these small Photogallery are the most important Megaliths in picture and text to be briefly presented.
The Taula in Torralba D'en Salort, completely received, is one of the most popular inspection targets. The upper horizontally stone rests so reliably on the monolith that even in the Mediterranean area frequent earthquakes in over 3000 years could not down-fall it.

On the right: This photo gives an impression of the size of the Taula: My wife with our children stand before the Taula almost small. You ask yourself automatically, how deeply the monolith must be put in earth, in order by thousands of years through is so firmly to remain.
Torres D'en Gaumes: a settlement of the Talaiot- culture (1300 BC to 123 BC, Talaiot = control tower)

On the right hand: Cult place, at which the bronze statue of the Egyptian God Imhotep was found. This view shows extents of the delimitation stones. In the center a stone tub.
A cave with before-built space, dwelling the close Taula, the cult place.

On the right: one of human hand established cave, in the soil floated, with connection to the underground water supply.
Under these aboveground megalithen a highly developed water keeping is in an underground cave-system.

On the right: a typical menorcan flower meadow
One of human hand established cave from megaliths.

On the right: a view inside shows the building method: Flat one rough stones served as roof, which were put on perpendicularly which are columns.
The oldest settlements is in the remote prehistoric village Son Mercer de Baix. The remnants found here show walls of an iron smelting and are to approx. 2000 years before Christ to be dated.
This place was not easy to find. Our start led by hard-to-travel area, sometimes the way became so closely that my wife had to step out, in order to look whether the car through-fit still behind the next bend by the close stone walls. Besides surface irregularities were added, we feared for the car. But the way was worthwhile itself. We rarely experienced such a impressing panorama and the feeling of unaffectedness like here.
On the right: If you leave the hill of the village Son Mercer de Baix and go approx. 20 meters further south, then you are at the edge of a ravine valley, which permits an almost ekstatic view. No sound from human hand, a silence all around, which is sometimes only disturbed by crying robbery birds circling at sky. A "place of the inspiration", as it means in a travel guide.
This cave, called Cova of d'es Moro (1931 explained as the Monumento Histórico Artístico), was established by humans. It belongs to the oldest witnesses from prehistoric time, approx. to 2000 BC.

On the right: A view from the cave evenly shown in the free.
The Naveta D'es Tudons - a grave look like a ship around 1300 BC, which you can enter. Here the remnants of approx. 50 dead humans and grave-added found. On the inside spaces are one above the other in two levels.

On the right: a typical menorcan gate, you find often it at the roads.

Resuming literature: Harald Kloecker: Menorca. Merian live, 1995, ISBN 3-7742-0370-9

Links: Archaeologicals of Mallorca
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Photos: © Eckhard Etzold and Almut Mensen-Etzold 1998

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