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Talaiot de s’Hospitalet Vell

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The talaiotic settlement of s’Hospitalet Vell near Calas de Mallorca is probably one of the largest  pre-historic archaeological sites in Mallorca.

On this site we can find remnants from the pre-talaiotic era (approx. 1700 B. C.) as well as from the talaiotic period (1000 B. C. – 123 A. D.). Here, a talaiotic tower with a square form is almost completely conserved, being the only one in Mallorca – round or square – with large parts of its roof construction still in place (as can be seen in my photo).

For the benefit of the visitor, a robust gallery construction has recently been erected. We can climb up the steps and have a good look into the square tower from up above. Whilst I was pleased to take a view into the talaiot from the gallery, I was a bit nonplussed by this modern aid. Years ago, I had visited the site when no such gimmick was in place. On the Internet I found a photo of the site showing the square talaiot as it used to look a few years ago, courtesy of DigiDok/Flickr.

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The map below was borrowed from the website Arqueotur. It shows six itinerary routes of the main talaiotic sites in Mallorca. Muchas gracias.

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The photo was taken between Manacor and Portocolom, Mallorca, Spain. The date: February 4th, 2009. The time was 18:12:47.

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