Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sa Cova dels Jurats.

After a summer storm in the morning and taking advantage of the peaceful afternoon, I have returned to Cales Coves today.

The archaeological site of Calescoves, located in the creek of the same name,
is made up of a Proto-historic burial place, a ritual well, and a defensive seaside settlement, and was an anchorage site from IV century BC to the Late Roman period. Some cuts in the stone have also been identified, conceivably used to situate the votive sculptures that sailors used to offer when they arrived at the anchorage. 

Finally, it is highlighted the presence of a cave, known as Cova dels Jurats or l’Esglesia (The Church) that was a cave shrine from the Late Talayotic culture to III century AD. Some epigraphic inscriptions —most of them engravings, others paintings— are located in a natural shelter, just at the main access to the cave, provide evidence of the celebration of the Parilia, a festivity dated the 21 April, the same day on which Rome celebrated its foundation. Presumably also celebrations related to the agricultural seasons took place here.

some Roman inscriptions

     The carved rocks which according to archaeologist investigations were worked to place votive sculptures on them.

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