TALAIOT CAPOCORB VELL
This excavation is located in the south of the island, on the way towards Cala Pí. It is one of the best excavated Talaiotic settlements in Mallorca and probably one of the largest and most important megalithic sites in the entire western Mediterranean. Its origin is assumed to be in the early period of the Talaiot culture, back to the 12th century BC. More recent findings suggest that the area visible today was probably a ceremonial precinct, while the actual village was located about one hundred metres to the southwest.
The accessible area of around 7,000 square metres is less than half of the entire prehistoric city, most of which is still hidden under the adjacent fields. On the site excavated so far, the remains of three round towers, two square towers and 28 rooms can be visited. The site is in a comparatively well-kept condition and one can virtually stroll through the three millennia-old alleys and dwellings.
One of the square towers still has two floors connected by a spiral staircase. Its entrance door points to an enigma that has not been solved to this day. Like all the entrances to Mallorca's square talaiotes, it faces 145 degrees to the southeast.
Finds suggest that this site was continuously inhabited from the early Talaiotic period to the early Middle Ages. Unfortunately, they have left Mallorca and can now be admired in the Barcelona Archaeological Museum.
A visit is especially recommended in the evening hours, when the light of the setting sun lays golden over the stones and lengthens their shadows. At such times, in Capocorb Vell, more than anywhere else, one feels the touch of mystery and the distant magic of a city that has been lost for thousands of years.
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