The pueblo of Costitx, bang in the middle of the island in the region known as the Pla, is outstanding in more than just one sense. For some historical reason, a total of 19 archaeological sites exist in the municipality, quite a crowded incidence for any place in Mallorca. Then there are the three Caps de Bou de Costitx (bronze bulls heads), an archaeological find dating back to the 6th or 5th century B. C. and now proudly on display at the Museo Arqueológico Nacional (National Archaeological Museum) in Madrid, much to the locals’ dismay. The bulls’ heads on display in Costitx and at the Museo de Mallorca in Palma are mere copies dating from the 19th century. And, finally, there is the Observatori Astronòmic de Mallorca (see my blog entry dated February 21st). And let’s not talk about Madame Munar, shall we?
The most prominent of all the archaeological venues in Costitx is the Talayot de Son Corró, classified as a Santuario Talayótico and dating from the period between 500 B. C. and 123 B. C. when the Romans arrived. The bull heads were found in Son Corró quite by chance in 1894 but, the site was not excavated until 1995. Not much is left of the post-Talaiotic sanctuary and what was found was ultimately arranged in a way that is perceived by some as quite contentious (photo above). I rather feel inclined to be on the side of the controversial critics. There is no other prehistoric site of that or any earlier period in Mallorca which would suggest any coherence with the current arrangement of the round columns in Son Corró. It might have been wiser to leave the cylindrical stones in the spots where they were found in 1895 (see photo below).
The photos were taken near Costitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 19th, 2011. The time was 16:49:08 and 17:01:42, respectively.