Talaies de Can Jordi
The Talaies de Can Jordi Talayotic archaeological site is located in Santanyí. Although it is on private land, access is not restricted.
To reach this Mallorcan archaeological site head from Santanyí towards Cas Concos des Cavallers on the C-714 road. After approximately one kilometre there is a turning to the right, the Can Jordi lane. When you reach the first fork after 500 metres you will start to see the first parts of the wall of the settlement.
As with many other archaeological sites on the island, the origins of Talaies de Can Jordi date from the Talayotic period, at the start of the first millennium Before the Common Era, and it was occupied until the Islamic period and the present day.
From the Talayotic Period the remains of a circular talayot have survived, with a central polylythic Mediterranean-type column, although the form of the land suggests there were two more talayots. The talayots were communal structures, in the form of a tower, built from large stone blocks.
These towers fulfilled two functions: one which they all shared was as watch towers and towers for marking territory, and they had a second function that was specific to each one. This secondary or specific function could be as a space for communal work, such as carving up large animals belonging to the community. These tasks might have been associated with occasional events, such as the change in season. Another function attributed to them was as a space for meetings and taking decisions on problems that might affect the community.
As well as the talayot various dwelling structures have also been recorded in this Mallorcan archaeological site, that might have been occupied by families of between eight and ten members, where tasks connected with societies that kept cattle and practiced subsistence farming were performed: grinding cereals, and making pottery items and different tools to enable everyday activities.
This way of life lasted for almost 500 years. Midway through the millennium a series of changes occurred amongst the island’s different communities that brought about new societies that were open to the Mediterranean in which the slinger emerged, a figure that symbolised the new Balearic period that was starting. As a result of these changes various settlements were walled in, and Talaies de Can Jordi is a good example of this.
A cyclopean wall was built in this new settlement, just over 60 m of which are very well conserved, and which had a maximum height of 2.7 m. The main entrance is also visible in this wall, with a width of 1.3 m. Throughout your visit you can enjoy a magnificent structure that can help give an idea of what these new societies might have been like: highly hierarchical, and in continuous conflict. This can be compared with records of the slingers from classical sources. They were highly valued warriors in the different conflicts in the western Mediterranean, that first saw Carthage face Magna Grecia and subsequently Rome, where the Balearics participated on the side of Carthage.
There are few remains from the Roman conquest, the Low Roman Empire and the Islamic period, in the absence of more excavations.
Talaies de Can Jordi