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The Talayot Of Es Rossells

Let me tell you about some of the struggles that a Daily Photo Blog editor suffers, now and then. This Mallorca Daily Photo Blog is based on a photo every day. Many times I want to feature a topic but somehow, I can’t get the photo that I want. The subject may not be there when I look for it, or the weather may not be helpful, or access may simply be denied, or whatever. Sometimes I simply have to borrow a photo from the Internet to convey the information that I wish to impart, even though I do not enjoy using someone else’s photo, ever.

Take today’s topic as an example. I have been wanting to tell you about the Talayot of Es Rossells for well over one year. I already have been to the estate twice but, once there, I could not find the Talayot without trespassing and thus, could not get the photo that I had wished for. The photo (above) is, once again, borrowed from the Internet. I beg your pardon.

The Talayot of Es Rossells is one of Mallorca’s proto-historic settlements and is surrounded by a talayotic wall which is considered one of the best preserved Bronze Age walls on the island, spanning a length of 270 metres at a height of 2 metres. Es Rossells is well-known by historians and archaeologists alike, but, is virtually unknown by anybody else. The Talayot lies on private land; access is never denied but is not actively promoted either. Es Rossells has never ever been excavated. The Talayot is listed as Patrimonio Histórico Islas Baleares (Balearic heritage site).

Now, there will be a rare opportunity to visit Es Rossells. On Sunday, February 6th, an excursion by horse, carriage, bicycle or on foot will depart from the Escola de Son Negre near Felanitx at 09h00, heading for the Talayot. Cars will not be admitted. A preeminent archaeologist, Tomeu Salvà, will offer some in-depth information about Es Rossells and its murada prehistòrica. There will also be a merienda for all and sundry, after the visit, courtesy of the dueños of Es Rossells. The excursion is free of charge, including the educating services of Senyor Salvà and the noshes and nibbles offered, but, you will have to put your name down today. Reservations can be made by telephone (971.584.155 or 971.842.142).

The image was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of

Muchas gracias.

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