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The Mestre Ramon Mallorcan archaeological site is located very close to the road that links the municipality of Son Servera with the Port Vell of the same name. To get there, take the PM 404 road, that links Son Servera with Capdepera. At the third roundabout there are signs for Port Vell on the PMV-4032 road. After just under a kilometre and before reaching a curve there is a small track that leads to the grounds of a private house. You can park here and head for a promontory where the archaeological site is located.

From the highest part of the archaeological site there is a magnificent view of the scenery surrounding it and of the magnificent remains that make up the complex.

As you will see, this Mallorcan archaeological site is located in a strategic position. It is just over 800 metres from the natural harbour on a high point that allows it to dominate the area. This was important both for communicating with other centres of population and for sighting possible visitors who came from the sea. It is also very close to a seasonal stream and a fertile plain.

Mestre Ramon is classified as an example of a mound or stepped platform archaeological site. These structures were built at the end of the Naviform Period and the beginning of the Talayotic Period, between the years 1,100 and 900 Before the Common Era (bce). As such, it is a structure that was built at a moment of great changes that occurred in the period of transition between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.

As also happened with most of the island’s archaeological sites it was occupied throughout the centuries, up to the Roman conquest of the island.

Returning to the peak of the archaeological site located in the centre of the settlement you can see the remains of a stepped platform with two faces that are more or less square in shape. The highest part is totally flat, and has the remains of what might have been a floor covered with flagstones.

The lowest parts of the archaeological site are notable for their large cyclopean wall that is typical of the Balearic Period that lasted from 550 to 123 bce. This defensive structure skirts a large part of the archaeological site, from its south eastern end to the north east.  The northern area was lost as a result of quarrying stones throughout the 20th century. The entrance to this wall faces east. It is a narrowed doorway where there is a nook where the settlement’s watchman might have stood.

It is possible that the inhabitants of Mestre Ramon would have controlled the whole area up to the coast in the Roman era.

At present a team of archaeologists are continuously working at this Mallorcan archaeological site. They are carrying out work on excavation, restoration and consolidation that day by day is revealing another page in the island’s history for us.