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he island has more than 1,500 prehistoric sites, most of which are in good condition and can be visited

Menorca is home to a museum about the open-air Menorcan prehistory thanks to the archaeological sites scattered throughout the island. That is why it is currently a perfect candidate against Unesco as “Menorca Talayotic” for these prehistoric monuments are considered “World Heritage.” The great historical value, your wonderful cyclopean construction technique and its state of preservation guarantee the candidacy.

The sites cover a long prehistoric period from 2500-2100 BC until the Roman conquest in the 1st century BC. More than two thousand years of history that today can be seen with a spectacular degree of conservation

These are some sigular deposits, since they are only present on the island of Menorca and Mallorca, while the Taulas are exclusive to the island of Menorca. The elements that characterize the Talayotic culture and hence its name are:

The “Talayots”, architecture-like structures towering up to 9 meters or more. Various functions are attributed to him, from defense defensive tower to funerary uses or the home of more influential people of the town, since it seems that there are rooms inside. In Menorca there are more than 270 talayots,

The “Taulas”, formed by two stones of enormous dimensions, placed in the form of T. They are in closed spaces protected by stone walls with columns around it. It is currently unknown what his role should be. It is considered a place of ritual banquets, sacrifices or refuges where stones were the main support.

The “Navetas” are considered burial constructions, exactly burial. In its interior it has sepulchral chambers. On the island we can find about 45 navetas.

These are the 3 most outstanding megalithic buildings but in Menorca we can find other elements: domenes, hypostasals, caves, walls, tombs, wells, etc. In addition to being remains of prehistoric utensils such as crockery and tools. Currently we can find them in the Museum of Menorca.

From Menorca Explorer we emphasize the special care that must be taken when visiting them and the respect towards them, since these are very valuable constructions, nowadays in full study. Each stone fulfilled, in its day, its mission and fortunately, today we can still contemplate it.