|Wednesday 3rd May ... weather forecast - cloudy and possibly the occasional shower.
As we set off, I looked at the clouds and wondered whether bringing a coat would have been a good plan. Not many miles south, the heavens opened, the rain lashed down, and the wind whipped the trees into a frenzy. But nothing was going to stop us checking out south east of the island.
We decided to head for somewhere we were sure we could find, so followed the directions in TME to Ets Antigors, near the town of Ses Salines in the southern most tip of the island.
There's a wide path from the road into the site, but we went first through a gap in the wall to the right of this to check out Sa Talaia Joana, the circular talaiot situated just outside the poblat. We climbed up and side and were almost blown off the top.
Soaked to the skin, we headed into the main body of the site, past a water silo
and as usual found the information board in disrepair.
When the site was excavated in about 1915, underground enclosures were found, more talaiots and a sanctuary, but much of this was reburied. Today the site has some impressive wall
a number of clapers - piles of stone covering other structures -
and talaiots - overgrown but offering a glimpse of the central pillar.
It was still very wet and windy
so we didn't spend as long as we might have done here, but headed back to the road and despite the large private keep out signs, went into the farmyard beyond the site to take a better look at Sa Talaia Joana
whose entrance is on its far side, away from the poblat.
There were people working in the farmyard, but they didn't seem to object to us being there.
Then we went back through the town of Santanyi, and took the C714 north towards Cas Concos des Cavalier, but after only about 1km took the first right turn. This narrow road bends after maybe ½km, and glancing into the field to the left, I spotted a magnificent section of wall
and following the bend round, the talaiot of Ca'n Jordi set back from the road.
This talaiot has a magnificent, if precariously balanced, central pillar
and an unusual zigzag entrance runner
There appeared to be the remains of some walls or rooms adjacant to the talaiot, but an alarmed, and equally alarming when it popped out of the undergrowth, chicken with chicks was in residence, so we didn't investigate too closely, but went into the next field where the wall continues.
Sadly, the talaiot and the sections of wall are all that remains of the poblat Ses Talaies de ca'n Jordi.
Posted by sals
13th May 2006ce
Edited 28th May 2012ce
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