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A large necropolis by the sea.

The surrounding areas of the Santa Margarita coast (Can Picafort and Son Serra de Marina) is where the largest amounts of archeological remains can be found in the whole of Majorca. They represent the whole range of prehistoric periods that are present on the island. A large part of these numerous remains are of considerable importance, both because of the good state of conservation as well as their special nature, many of which are unique in the western Mediterranean sea as is the case of the archeological route which we will be talking about, the Son Real necropolis.

The monumental interest of the area is centered exclusively around the important talayotic remains as well as the marine beauty which acts as a backdrop for this spot which makes it, if at all possible, even more mystical. There exist interesting remains at Sa Canova, next to the crossroads on the main road to Son Serra de Marina, we are talking about the Ses Ninetes Talayot and another which can be found in Son Real which is visible from the road.

Nevertheless, the necropolis found at Son Real and Silla dels Porros is the most important funeral site of the islands first settlers. The cemetery mistakenly known as a Phoenician cemetery is in fact a necropolis of the talayotic culture and was proven to be so during the excavations carried out there in 1957 by the Bryant foundation directed by the archeologist Miquel Tarradell. The reason for the Phoenician connection seems to have been justified in the face of a Phoenician invasion. This has been attributed to the historian Verger, and just goes to show the need to rethink the psychology of the island.

The ruins, which can be visited in the municipality of Santa Margarita, show evidence of a civilisation which existed there although little is known about it. Nowadays the necropolis still transmits mystery, more than a hundred tombs are visible on one of the points which go out into the sea giving it an even more mysterious feel which gets even more so if we swim out to the Illot dels Porros. The tombs are battered during the day by the waves which are slowly eroding away the material and battered by the wind during the night.

The tombs are absidake with either a round or square base which date back to the seventh century BC up to the time of the Roman invasion. The funeral arrangements seem to belong to different eras. Corpses have been found tied up to keep them bent over, corpses accompanied by jewellery and personal weapons, cremated bodies and bodies buried facing east, emptied skulls or mysteriously trephined.

On the Lillot dels Porros, which is speculated to be joined to the Phoenician point, there is a very important tomb with a small stairway as an entrance way. The union between the sea and these sepulchres is linked to the spirit world and the beliefs of the time. The old Gods were not believed to disappear and were supposed to wander around these sacred places. They would, at the slightest opportunity, meddle in the world of the living.

Nowadays the island is invaded daily and although the visitors do not arrive by sea they do have to cross them to get back to their starting point but Son Real enhances the mystery with its beauty, surrounded by virgin beaches and Mediterranean beauty with its pine trees, dolmens, talayotic culture, and beautiful routes all linked to the sun and sand culture all bathed in the light of cultural background. tata, cebolla y tomate, y un buen chorro de aceite virgen de oliva por encima; y tomarla justo al dente para deleitarme con todo su sabor.





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