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The Naveta d’Alemany is located in the coastal area of Magaluf, Calvià. This prehistorical Mallorcan archaeological site is in the outskirts of the built-up area, very close to Cala Vinyes.
To reach it from Palma take the MA-1 road that connects the city to Artà and leave at exit 14. From there head towards the Cala Vinyes resort along Calle Blanca. Then take the Porrassa street as far as Rosa street, where the prehistoric monument is located right at the crossing with Estrella street. Leave your vehicle here in a small car park. This magnificent part of Mallorca’s prehistory is located next to a pine grove and has been turned into an excellent museum space.
One of the best preserved navetas on the island can be seen at the archaeological site. These buildings were constructed throughout the Balearic Bronze Age, between 1600 and 1000 Before the Common Era. In this case it is an isolated building that might have formed part of a small nucleus where several families would cultivate the surrounding land and farm sheep and goats.
This structure was built on a small high point, 33 m above sea level, something that would allow good visual control of the area including Cala Vinyes, Son Ferrer and Magaluf. It would also be a good place for sighting boats or vessels, and so the inhabitants could go and receive them quickly owing to the location’s proximity. Like the rest of the navetas recorded on the island, this building was constructed following the cyclopean technique, that is to say, with large stones. They are called navetas because they are shaped like an inverted boat (nave in Spanish), meaning that they have one apse-shaped face, the rear one.
During the excavation remains were recorded at this platform dating from earlier phases of occupation during the Early Bronze Age (1800-1500 bce) The walls of this structure are very thick and are made up of a double face filled with small stones. The external face comprises large stone blocks, ideally located at the base. The inside face is made up of smaller stone blocks. In order to reinforce the structure a third face was built inside the walls as a strengthening spine. Once the walls had been put up, they would be covered with small stones, mud and plant materials such as the wild olive wood that was very abundant at the time.
This Mallorcan archaeological site has now been fully excavated and perfectly restored.
What was the real function of these buildings? Other navetas have been excavated on the island, such as Closos de can Gaià and Hospitalet Vell. They were domestic spaces and areas for producing the items required for the subsistence of the inhabitants: cooking pots, knives, implements made of wood or bone. The Menorcan navetas, most famously the Naveta dels Tudons, did not have this purpose; in Menorca navetas were collective tombs.
As well as the domestic activities, other activities were also carried out, such as taking decisions relating to the organization of the settlements.
If you want to continue your archaeological journey, come and visit this magnificent naveta at this archaeological site in Calvià and uncover its secrets.