Town:

Sant Llorenç des Cardassar

Ownership:

Public

Price:

Guided visits: €2.00
Interpretation centre: Groups of 5 or more: €1.00

Timetable:

Interpretation centre

11 June to 15 October:
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10:00-13:00
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 17:30-20:30

16 October to 10 June:
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10:00-13:00

Phone:

971 81 15 75

E-mail:

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Web:

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Other Links:

Talaiot s'Illot
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Secció d'Arqueologia

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Icono Yacimientos 45 S'Illot

This Mallorcan archaeological site in the coastal town of S’Illot that forms part of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar features a prehistoric settlement with one of the island’s earliest talayots and one of the most spectacular walls to have survived from the Balearic civilisation.

In the middle of a hotel area, there is an archaeological complex intended to opening a doorway to the past, and take us into Mallorca’s prehistory: the S’Illot archaeological site.

Head for S’Illot beach on the PMV-4023 road that links Porto Cristo and Son Servera. As soon as you reach the residential area you will find this magnificent Mallorcan archaeological site that has an interpretation centre featuring the latest in interpretative technology.

If you go for a walk around the area, you will see a variety of different types of structure, covering a long time-line. The oldest building is found in the centre of the settlement. This is a tower, thought to be a proto-talayot, dating to the end of the second millennium Before the Common Era (bce). Along with the ses Païsses archaeological site, this was one of the first experiments that led, few years later, to the well-known talayots.

This first communal building was built on top of older buildings, navetas dating from the Naviform period. A series of houses were built up against it, one of which has been fully excavated.

As you continue your tour you will see two true talayots and a group of kidney-shaped homes attached to them.

In the middle of the first millennium Before the Common Era a wall was built from large orthostates weighing over a ton each. This defensive structure surrounds a large part of this Mallorcan archaeological site. From this period, the Balearic, there are two apse-shaped buildings, of the sanctuary type. One of them is currently being excavated. These newer structures probably lasted until shortly after the Roman conquest.

Water supplies have also been recorded on the site, a vital resource for the survival of the different communities who inhabited the place.

The whole complex, along with the interpretation centre that is located a few metres from the excavations helps us to imagine what this settlement would have been like and to picture its close relationship with the sea and the people who came from over the horizon and disembarked in the bay of sa Coma and s’Illot.

Different types of relationship might have been established with outsiders depending on the political situation in the western Mediterranean at any given time. Sometimes they would trade exotic and extravagant merchandise that arrived on ships from the north of Africa and the central Mediterranean. At other times there would be heavy clashes with other settlements on the same island or with enemies who came from overseas, like for example at the time of the conquest led by the Roman consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus in 123 bce.

It was also possibly a meeting point for neighbouring communities such as those who lived in the settlements at sa Punta de n’Amer, na Pol and Cala Morlanda.

To discover more, come to this magnificent Mallorcan archaeological site and let yourself enjoy its remains, adding a little bit of your imagination. Or you can choose to be accompanied by the explanations provided, both at the site, and in the interpretation centre, where you will find a virtual representation of a typical day in the life of the settlement.