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Icono Yacimientos 45 Talaiot de Puig Figuer

The Puig Figuer archaeological site is located in the Llevant Peninsula Nature Park, Artà. To reach the park, head for Artà. After about 300 metres heading for Capdepera, turn off towards Cala Torta and follow the signs on the PMV‑3333 road, turning off at kilometre 4.7 and carrying on to the park’s information centre and office at s’Alqueria Vella de Baix.

Once there, take the path to climb Puig Figuer. This is one kilometre long and is not difficult. On this route you can enjoy the area’s magnificent scenery, featuring reed beds, dwarf palm and the range of animals that inhabit the estate such as peregrine falcons, sparrowhawks and Mediterranean tortoises.

When you reach the hill you can enjoy a magnificent view, the same one that the inhabitants of the area would have had in the Talayotic period when this tower was built. From here you can see how humans have shaped the scenery over the centuries, constructing an environment that we have inherited and to which Puig Figuer is an excellent witness.

As we have already noted, this archaeological site comprises a single solitary talayot, although it is surrounded by a series of structures that, although they have not been excavated, suggest walls for reinforcing the tower or a possible spiral staircase to access the upper part of the building. A wall around the building has also been recorded, that would have made it difficult to access.

Its period of occupation is dated, according to pottery remains, from the Talayotic period around 900 Before the Common Era (bce), up to the time of the Roman conquest in 123 bce, and possibly for one or two centuries afterwards.

Although the chronology of the different structures is uncertain, this Mallorcan archaeological site would probably have been a key element in the integration of the territory, where there are other enclaves of different types and chronologies. Consequently, the site would form part of a vast group of settlements, with its main function, owing to its location, being to control and limit the territory. Through it a strong connection would be established between the interior of the island and the coast. It would also be a key element for detecting the arrival of peoples from outside the valley, both from Mallorca’s interior, and from the sea.

For this reason it was used continuously through time, until the arrival of a new civilization – the Romans – with a new way of conceiving the island and its territory, led to the progressive abandonment of the space.

Nowadays, this talayot has been perfectly restored and is ideal for a visit that can be complemented with audioguides that can be downloaded from the park’s website. Educational material is also available from the reception centre.

If you want to enjoy archaeology and nature, come to the Llevant Natural Park, a space that is full of places to discover.