Museu de Lluc
The Museum of Lluc is located in the monastery of the same name, in the north of the Tramuntana mountains. It can be reached from the MA-10 road that crosses the whole mountain range.
When you arrive at the monastery, you will find the museum in the main part of the building, close to the area that provides access to the interior patio, the Garden of Magnolias and the patio of Bishop Campins. The exhibition rooms are on the first two floors of the building, with the archaeology room occupying much of the first floor. The other exhibition spaces in this Mallorcan museum are the Treasure room, the Mallorcan room, the sacred imagery room, the pottery room, a room dedicated to the artist Josep Coll Bardolet, the picture gallery and, finally, the textile crafts room.
The Archaeology room is our main interest here, and it contains some of the “jewels” of Mallorcan archaeology. Most of these objects were found in the area around the monastery. The Cometa dels Morts archaeological site is particularly interesting, and there are other objects from different archaeological sites on the island, such as the shipwrecks from the islet of El Sec and from Cabrera, Cova Maimó, the necropolis of Ses Salines and Cova dels Tossals Verds. These archaeological sites all share one thing in common: they were excavated by Cristòfor Veny, or Father Veny, a missionary of the Sacred Hearts who turned his passion for archaeology into a vocation. This led him to direct a large number of excavation campaigns at the archaeological sites mentioned above.
In this Mallorcan museum, as we have already mentioned, you can enjoy, some of the most significant pieces from Mallorca’s prehistory and ancient history, spread across eight display cabinets. The first six are dedicated to the Bronze Age and the Talayotic and Balearic periods, and the last two to the Greek and Roman world.
At the start of this journey through time visitors can appreciate some of the pieces found in the Cometa dels Morts. This is a burial cave that was used in several historical periods, from the Bronze Age through to the Balearic Period and the Roman conquest. You can contemplate the remains of a wooden sarcophagus, with its grave goods, amongst which a large sword is of particular interest. There are also several sets of tintinnabula (ritual bells), bracelets, necklaces, collars and other ornamental items that were found in the cave. It is also worth noting the presence of various religious items from the Balearic Period, such as bronze oxen and birds.
The remains of archaeological sites with domestic items such as bone bodkins, pottery utensils for cooking, eating and drinking have also been recorded in the area around the monastery that is home to this Mallorcan museum. One of the most interesting of these items is a cheese dish that provides evidence that this product has been consumed here since ancient times.
As you come to the end of your journey, you can enjoy the remains of items found on the shipwrecks from El Sec and Cabrera. Amongst these a range of amphorae, from different parts of the Mediterranean stand out, as does the associated crockery – Greek from El Sec, and Roman from Cabrera – that went to the island’s most luxurious houses. From the boats’ remains it is possible to make out part of their structure as well as a number of lead ingots, with the names of the owners of the mines where the metal was extracted.