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The talaiots, or talayots, are Bronze Age megaliths on the islands of Minorca and Majorca forming part of the Talaiotic Culture or Talaiotic Period. They date from the late second millennium and early first millennium BC. There are at least 274 of them, in, near, or related to Talaiotic settlements and Talaiotic navetes. While some certainly had a defensive purpose, the purpose of others is not clearly understood. Some believe them to have served the purpose of lookout or signalling towers, as on Minorca, where they form a network. These monuments pre-date the taulas, which are usually found nearby.

Similar but not necessarily related are the "nuraghes" of Sardinia, the "torri" of Corsica, and the "sesi" of Pantelleria.

Talaiotic sites include:

  • Capocorb Vell, 12 km south of Llucmajor: five talaiots and ancient village
  • Ses Païsses, near Artà, Majorca
  • Son Olesa [1]
  • Bocchoris, Majorca [2]
  • Talatí de Dalt, Minorca
  • Trebalúger, Minorca
  • Es Trepucó, Minorca
  • Torre d'en Galmés, Minorca

See also


  • Gomila, Joan J. Minorca: An Architectural Guide

External links

  • Guide to Minorca: Prehistory
  • - Comprehensive site for prehistoric monuments in Mallorca and Menorca (in Spanish)
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