Archaeological Site Poblat fenici de sa Caleta

An essential archaeological site for learning about Phoenician colonisation

A coastal village that arose from colonisation. It is a World Heritage Site (1999), publicly owned when it was purchased by the Consell d'Eivissa (2010).

The Phoenician village of Sa Caleta is in the township of Sant Josep, on a small peninsula known as sa Mola de sa Caleta, between the beach of es Codolar and Puig des Jondal.

Its discovery and excavation has been very important because it provides data on the most archaic phase of the Phoenician colonisation of Ibiza. It must have been a village of considerable scope.  Its origins may date back to the 8th century BCE, its population increasing in the mid 7th century BCE by Phoenicians coming from the Iberian Peninsula mainland; it was inhabited for some fifty years.  It was peacefully abandoned around 590 BCE, as archaeological evidence suggests, to move to the bay of Ibiza.

The site appears as a tight group of constructions of varying size and shape that weave a pattern of narrow streets and small, irregular squares.  The platform is conserved of what was likely a community oven for baking and the remains of constructions that possibly acted as storage and metallurgical furnaces.

To the left of sa Mola de sa Caleta there is a small port, probably also created by the Phoenicians. 

The Phoenician colony is mainly documented at this site and at the archaic necropolis of Puig des Molins.

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