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The Torre del Ram site in the Cala en Blanes development is a Bronze Age funerary hypogeum. Possibly in use between 1700 and 1400 B.C., it has an elongated, practically rectangular floor plan with access through a funnel-type entrance leading to a tiered corridor.?Inside are some engravings with schematic representations of three ships and other unidentified figures. Some authors have highlighted the importance of these works, which may portray Bronze Age ships.

Torre del Ram hypogeum

The Torre del Ram site in the Cala en Blanes development is a Bronze Age funerary hypogeum. Possibly in use between 1700 and 1400 B.C., it has an elongated, practically rectangular floor plan with access through a funnel-type entrance leading to a tiered corridor.?Inside are some engravings with schematic representations of three ships and other unidentified figures. Some authors have highlighted the importance of these works, which may portray Bronze Age ships.



 
Detailed description

Elongated Bronze Age hypogeum with elongated rectangular chamber, accessed by a slightly tiered corridor. Inside a bench is preserved, running round the entire perimeter of the chamber. The hypogeum preserves part of the cyclopean stone work whose blocks form a tumulus covering part of the tomb’s corridor and its entrance.

On an interior wall are some engravings, schematic representations of three sailing ships, identified as Bronze Age vessels, and other unidentified figures.

The corridor is 2.60 m long and the chamber itself 8.80 m by 2.50 m and 1.95 m high.

Classification:
Enlongated hypogeum

Municipality:
Ciutadella

Chronological period:
Early Bronze Age - Middle Bronze Age

Objects found:


Constructions:

 
Archaeological interventions

- Hypogeum

 
Legal protections

BIC no. of the Island Council of Minorca: 000610?BIC no. of the Balearic Islands Government: 7015-2-2-51-001819-0
BIC no. of the Ministry of Culture: R-I-51-000855200001?Decree no. 2563/1966, of 10 September: 1786

 
Bibliography

PLANTALAMOR, L. & RITA, M.C. 1982. Tres cuevas de la Edad del Bronce en la zona occidental de Menorca. Ampurias, 44: 1-16.

VENY, C. 1976. Dos cuevas del bronce antiguo en Menorca y su influencia en las navetas. Trabajos de Prehistoria, 33: 227-248.

 
Practical information

Access:
Within the Cala en Blanes development, on an unoccupied plot used as a landscaped public park, where Avenida Tramuntana and Calle Gregal cross.
Road signs to site.
Open to the general public.?

Parking:
None. You can park in the development.?

Visits:
Free access throughout the day.?Information panels on site.

Ownership and management:
Owned by Ciutadella Town Council and managed by the Island Council of Minorca.

 

 
 
 
Consell Insular de Menorca Govern Illes Balears
MINORCA TALAYOTIC - World Heritage Nomination
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