Skip to comments.Archaeologists return to prehistoric sanctuaries on island of Menorca, Spain
Posted on 06/05/2015 1:33:00 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
After nearly 30 years, a team of archaeologists will be returning once again to the site of So na Cacana on the island of Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, to renew investigations of a prehistoric sanctuary complex that archaeologists believe represented the remains of the Talaiotic Culture , a prehistoric culture that flourished, particularly on the islands of Majorca and Menorca, during the 1st Millenium BCE...
The ancient settlement remains are located about six km away from the municipality of Alaior. The site features a tower-like monument resembling a large rectangular talaiot (Bronze Age megalithic structure) at the highest point of the area and possibly dated to before the 10th century B.C., which may contain an inner chamber with chapels; a second, smaller tower or talaiot; two sanctuaries with taula; two talaiotic houses; two hypogea; and several structures not yet excavated. The investigators theorize that the site had a religious purpose.
Beginning June 15, 2015 and running for six months, the site investigators plan to field a team that will explore a number of structures and features in the site area, including a funerary hypogeum dated from the 15th - 8th centuries BCE, an Iron Age sanctuary or taula (6th - 3rd centuries BCE), an Iron Age (6th 3rd centuries BCE) house structure, a Roman period (2nd 4th centuries CE) agricultural-related structure, and a 9th 10th century CE Islamic necropolis.
The team leadership is currently calling on students and volunteers who may be interested in participating in the surveys and excavations, which will entail in-depth training and education.
(Excerpt) Read more at popular-archaeology.com ...
Lots of Menorcan stock here in St. Augustine.
Menorca has a fascinating history. The island was held by the British during the Napoleonic Wars, with the port of Mahon serving as a Royal Navy base. There’s a gin distillery on Menorca to this day.
There was a lot of territory changing hands back then, with related shifts in colony-building. This story reads like a History Channel miniseries.
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