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The Biniac Oriental naveta is a funerary cairn where group burials were carried out between the Early and Late Bronze Ages (1400-1000 B.C.).
The structure of this circular naveta, set on a slope, is half way between a megalithic tomb and the later elongated navetas.

Biniac Oriental naveta

The Biniac Oriental naveta is a funerary cairn where group burials were carried out between the Early and Late Bronze Ages (1400-1000 B.C.).
The structure of this circular naveta, set on a slope, is half way between a megalithic tomb and the later elongated navetas.



 
Detailed description

The Biniac Oriental naveta has a circular floor plan, is set on a slope and built from rough-hewn blocks placed horizontally, with its door to the south. In an unknown era (recent, according to Hernández Mora, 1924) a dry-stone wall was erected against its southern face, covering and concealing it.

A long corridor gives access to the oval chamber, built with an irregular face with stepped courses and covered by horizontal slabs.

Dimensions: external length 11.10 m; external width 10.70 m; internal length 3.90 m; internal width 2.30 m

Classification:
Funerary naveta with circular floor plan

Municipality:
Alaior

Chronological period:
Early Bronze Age - Late Bronze Age

Objects found:


Constructions:
- Naveta of intermediate type

 
Archaeological interventions

 
Legal protections

Oriental (eastern) naveta:
BIC no. of the Island Council of Minorca: 000006?BIC no. of the Balearic Islands Government: 7002-2-2-51-001521-0
BIC no. of the Ministry of Culture: R-I-51-0003121-00000?no. Decree 2563/1966, of 10 September: 1491/1996
Declared Historic-Artistic monument by the Decree of 3 June 1931

 
Bibliography

ARANZADI, T. 1923. Estudio antropológico de restos humanos de la naveta de Biniach (Menorca) explorada por Don Antonio Vives. Butlletí de l’Associació Catalana d'Antropologia, Etnologia i Prehistòria, 1: 134-190.

GORNES, S. 2006. La naveta de Biniac L’Argentina Oriental. In AA.DD., Historia de las Islas Baleares. Tomo 16: Patrimonio histórico y artístico. Palma: El Mundo-El Dia de Baleares / Edicions de Turisme Cultural: 48-49.

MARTÍNEZ SANTA-OLALLA, J. 1924. La naveta occidental de Biniach y el estudio antropológico de algunos restos humanos por el doctor Aranzadi. Revista de Menorca, 19: 195-205.

PLANTALAMOR, L. & LÓPEZ, A. 1983. La naveta occidental de Biniac-Argentina, (Alayor-Menorca). Noticiario Arqueológico Hispánico, 15: 361-381.

Plantalamor, L.; Anglada, M. & Ferrer, A. 2012. Els aixovars dels sepulcres col·lectius de l’illa de Menorca: elements de tradició neolítica i calcolítica i evidències de relacions amb l’exterior. In Borrell, M.; Borrell, F.; Bosch, J. & Molist, M. (eds.), Actes del Congrés Internacional Xarxes al Neolític. Circulació i intercanvi de matèries, productes i idees a la Mediterrània occidental (VII-III mil·lenni aC). Gavà / Bellaterra, 2-4/2/2011. Rubricatum 5. Gavà: Museu de Gavà: 433-440.

SERRA, M.L. 1965. La naveta oriental de Biniac (Alayor-Menorca). Pyrenae, 1: 73-85.

 
Practical information

Access:
Access from the main Maó to Ciutadella road. At kilometre 8.1 turn left towards La Argentina, on entering which you find the Biniac Oriental naveta, in the grounds of Lloc de Menorca. ?Road signs to site.?Open to the general public.

Parking:
Yes

Visits:
January and February – Saturdays – 10 to 14 h
March and April - Tuesday to Sunday - 10 to 18 h
1 May to 14 June - every day - 10 to 19 h
15 June to 31 August - every day - 10 to 20 h
September - every day - 10 to 19 h
October - every day - 10 to 18 h
November - Saturdays and Sundays - 10 to 18 h
December – Saturdays – 10 to 14 h

Prices
Consult web site: www.llocdemenorca.com or
Tel. 971 37 24 03.

Information panels on site.

Ownership and management:
Private

 

 
 
 
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