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The Sant Augustí talayotic settlement in the Es Migjorn Gran district is one of the most monumental on the island. It preserves one of the wonders of Minorcan archaeology: one of its talayots still has its original wild olive wood beams, in a good state of conservation.The Sant Augustí settlement consists of two talayots, a settlement of up to eight talayotic houses and seven constructions with elements similar to taula enclosures, although their complete structure has not survived.
From the material found in the settlement it is known to have been inhabited until the Islamic era (tenth - twelfth century A.D.).

Sant Augustí talayotic settlement

The Sant Augustí talayotic settlement in the Es Migjorn Gran district is one of the most monumental on the island. It preserves one of the wonders of Minorcan archaeology: one of its talayots still has its original wild olive wood beams, in a good state of conservation.The Sant Augustí settlement consists of two talayots, a settlement of up to eight talayotic houses and seven constructions with elements similar to taula enclosures, although their complete structure has not survived.
From the material found in the settlement it is known to have been inhabited until the Islamic era (tenth - twelfth century A.D.).



 
Detailed description

The talayotic settlement of Sant Augustí has two talayots, the remains of up to eight houses, seven constructions with elements similar to taula enclosures, and five silos.

The first talayot is circular with a truncated cone profile. The entrance is through a portal with polylithic pillars and upper lintel. The circular interior chamber is covered with flat slabs that rest on pilasters, two polylithic columns and wild olive beams. Next to the talayot are some talayotic houses.

The second talayot is built in concentric rings around an interior space covered with a dome produced by the meeting of the stone courses. On the northern side of the talayot, beside a cliff, is a group of five silos.

On one side of the settlement’ s central area up to seven constructions resembling taula enclosures have been identified:

1. Building with concave façade, central door and slightly curved walls.
2. Building adjoining the first but this time with a convex façade.
3. Semi-circular building, also adjoining the façade of the first building. It has a door with polylithic pillars and lintels. The roof is supported on monolithic columns whose capitals have collapsed over time.
4. Building identified as a table, but of which only a wall remains.
5. Construction with lobed interior, adjoining the façade of the second building.
6. Polilobe building with monolithic pilaster.
7. Curved wall separate from the above elements and covered by thick vegetation.

Classification:
Talayotic settlement.

Municipality:
Es Migjorn Gran.

Chronological period:
Middle Bronze Age - Late Bronze Age - Iron Age.

Objects found:


Constructions:
- House.
- Talayot.
- Taula enclosure.
- Silo.

 
Archaeological interventions

 
Legal protections

BIC no. of the Island Council of Minorca: 001.151.
BIC no. of the Balearic Islands Government: 07902-2-2-55-2862.
BIC no. of the Ministry of Culture: R- I- 55-0,000,698.
Decree no. 2563/1966, of 10 September: 2,042.
?Declared Historic-Artistic monument by decree of 3 June 1931.

 
Bibliography

PLANTALAMOR, L. 1996. Análisis evolutivo del Conjunto de Sant Agustí Vell (Es Migjorn-Menorca). Complutum, Extra 6: 179-189.

SINTES, E. 2006. Sant Agustí Vell. 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: 38-39.

 
Practical information

Access:
Access by the Me-18 road from Es Migjorn Gran to Santo Tomás. Take the road for 1.5 km until you reach a right turn leading to Sant Augustí. Leave the car, and walk along the rural path for 1 kilometre to the site.

Parking:
None.

Visits:
Free access throughout the day.

Ownership and management:
Private.

 

 
 
 
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