Friday, January 3, 2014

Taula de Binissafullet.

A taula (meaning 'table' in catalan language) is a T-shaped stone monument which are exclusive to Menorca. 

Taulas can be up to 3.7 metres high and consist of a vertical pillar (a monolith or several smaller stones on top of each other) with a horizontal stone lying on it. A U-shaped wall often encloses the structure.
They were built by the Talaiotic Culture between 1000 BC and 300 BC.

Their exact cultural meaning remains unknown, but they probably had religious and/or astronomical purposes. Most of the taulas face south, which seems to suggest some astronomical meaning. Archeologist Michael Hoskin has suggested the taulas may have been part of an ancient healing cult. 

There is great controversy among experts who do not agree about its function,or even in the number of such monuments there is in Menorca, since only a few vestiges remain of some of them.
There is no doubt about the taula at Binissafullet if it is not one of the greatest, it is certainly well restored and preserved.

Omphalotus olearius



Omphalotus olearius, commonly known as the jack-o'-lantern mushroom, is a poisonous orange gilled mushroom that to an untrained eye appears similar to some chanterelles. It is notable for its bioluminiscent properties. It is found in woodland areas in Europe, where it grows on decaying stumps, buried roots or at the base of hardwood trees.

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