Archaeological Site Puig de sa Morisca

A prehistoric village on a strategic site

The most important prehistoric village of Calvìa, with close relation to the Punic world, which makes it key to understanding the late phases of prehistory in the region.

At the foot of sa Morisca is the town of Santa Ponça and at the top (or "puig") are the remains of the most important prehistoric village in Calvià. Created in the Late Bronze Age (1300-800 BCE), the settlement commands astounding views that made the area be used for surveillance all the way up to modern times. The most important structures conserved are ones for defence and a dwelling area.

When the village was built, it formed part of a series of settlements all along the coasts of the Balearic Islands to make navigation easier. Fortification began during the Iron Age ((900-800 BCE) with the construction of a circular tower-shaped building that was later occupied continuously. The dwelling area made use of a stream bed, walling up the two flanks that were not already enclosed by mountains. Further fortification works continued during the post-talayotic period with the construction of new towers. By the 3rd century BCE, the need for defence lessened and the village was enlarged with dwellings outside the walled area. It was eventually abandoned between the change in ages and the Almohade period. The village played a key role as a place of exchange in prehistoric times, acting as a re-distributor of materials to other neighbouring settlements. Excavations have uncovered one of the most significant concentrations of imported ceramics on Majorca, showing contact with the Punic world. Moreover, pieces have also been found of ceramics from the times of the Roman republic and the Almohade.

C/ Puig de sa Morisca, s/n
07180 Calvià



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