Going back in time a long way, there was a Talaiotic period here in Mallorca, dating from the Bronze Age (late second millennium and early first millennium B. C.). I have reported here on this blog on some of the more important Talaiots such as Capocorp Vell, Ses Païsses, S’Hospitalet Vell, Els Antigors, Son Corró, Son Fornés etc.
The remains of two Mallorcan Dolmen structures predate the earliest Talaiotic period by some 300 to 500 years. The Dolmen of s’Aigua Dolça in the municipality of Artà (see both photos) is said to be dating from approx. 1800 B. C. and may well be the oldest man-made construction on the island of Mallorca.
Dolmens are burial places. When the Dolmen of s’Aigua Dolça was excavated in 1997, selective bones of twenty different people were found. A theory is held that these bones were brought to this dolmen from other burial places or necropolises for ritualistic purposes similar to those known to have existed in the native culture of North America.
I went to the s’Aigua Dolça yesterday with Lluís Moragues who discovered this dolmen in 1995 and was responsible for initiating its subsequent protection and excavation. Bravo, Lluís. If you want to read more about the dolmen’s discovery and its relevance, you can do so in Carlos Garrido’s blog (in Spanish).
The photos were taken near Colònia de Sant Pere, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 22nd, 2012. The time was 12:10:23 and 12:07:28, respectively.