Torralba d'en Salort Talayotic Settlement

Alaior, Spain

A prehistoric settlement dating from the Naviforme period (1700-1400 B.C.), in which the foundations of a circular cabin can still be seen. The main features are two talaiots, the taula enclosure, a hypostyle room, some caves dug out of the ground and the remains of other buildings used as dwellings.

The taula and its enclosure are among the largest and most beautiful on the island. The building dates from the 4th-3rd centuries B.C. and was used for worship up until the 2nd century A.D. It is built on a horseshoe-shaped layout with separate areas inside. The T of the taula consists of two huge blocks of stone, one vertical and the other horizontal, beautifully finished and standing nearly 4 metres tall. Various excavation works carried out on the site have revealed the remains of a fire, wine amphorae plus evidence that kid goats and young lambs were ritually killed and eaten. Other finds include ritual objects such as an altar, a terracotta image of the Punic goddess Tanit, the bronze figure of a bull and bronze hooves belonging to the figure of a horse. These items are on display in the Museum of Menorca and provide the most compelling evidence to support the notion that the taula enclosure was a place of worship. The settlement had its heyday during the time of Punic trading expansion, towards the 1st century B.C.

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Camí d'Alč, Alaior, Spain
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Founded: 1700-1400 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain

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www.menorca.es

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Martin Alonso (18 months ago)
Talayots.
Vicki Marshall (2 years ago)
Was not aware of this very interesting historical site before our visit to Menorca our guide was very informed.
Biggles TwoSixSix (2 years ago)
this was much more interesting than Stonehenge you could actually go up to the Stones walk around where you wanted, touch them, photograph them. there's also some toilets and a little tourist information kiosk and shop there at certain times. We were lucky enough to have a guide who had worked on the site in the 90s and knew quite a lot about it and explained what all the different areas within the site would have been used for. This was definitely a must-see place.
David M (2 years ago)
Very interesting ancient monument. Small shop for drinks etc. and toilets. Well worth a visit.
David Vardy (2 years ago)
Best visited with a guide to get the most out of the history of the place. We booked through TUI and our guide Francis was walking encyclopaedia of this and other places. There are thousands of years of history in the settlement and they are still uncovering new information about it. Toilets and a large kiosk selling drinks, snacks etc on the car park.
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