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Rattling Some Bones


It appears to this scribe as though the archaeological finds on this island, including some invaluable treasures, are treated by the Mallorcan authorities as though they were step children, not really deserving of love, care and attention.

For some strange reason, Talayotic sites as well as others, prehistoric or just plain old, are left unattended, unguarded and unexplored. You may have heard of remains from the Roman period being found recently but left unexplored at the Son Espases new hospital building site and others, also from Roman times, at the Avinguda Antoni Maura underground car park right underneath the Palau de la Almudaina area. An annual summer campaign of archaeological excavation is an exception to this rule but only during a two or three week spell for some of these sites and only a handful of them, when there are in excess of 1,000 archaeological sites in Mallorca alone, with some 100+ sites of important standing.

A three week excavation programme has just come to a conclusion at the site of Son Peretó near Manacor, where four tombs from the 6th, 7th or 8th century were excavated this summer. The complete remains of up to seven persons, adult and infant, were unearthed, ready to now be examined, analyzed and dated. No more will or can be done for another twelve months at this Paleo-Christian burial site for lack of money and/or interest.

Shame on you, Consell de Mallorca, Govern de les Illes Balears and whoever else may be responsible for this enormous act of neglect.

The photo was taken near Manacor, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 7th, 2009. The time was 19:26:33.

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