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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Son Real Necropolis
Country: Spain Region: Balearic Isles (Mallorca / Majorca) Type: Barrow Cemetery
Nearest Town: Santa Margalida  Nearest Village: Son Baulo
Latitude: 39.754900N  Longitude: 3.182100E
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
5 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
3 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
4

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Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by 43559959 : A most interesting sight next to the Med in the NE coast of Malorca (Vote or comment on this photo)
The necropolis of Son Real is located in the Mallorcan town of Santa Margarita on the small headland of Punta Fenicis. The 800-square-metre necropolis dates from the 7th to 4th Century BC, but was also later used as a burial place. Archaeological excavations at the site began after the site's discovery in 1957 and continued until 1970.

The coastal area of Son Real in the north of the island, which houses the tombs, is named after an approximately 395-acre estate, its main building located on the road (MA-12) from Alcudia to Arta. Much of the area consists of the Son Real pine forest, but this excludes the often rocky coastal plain, so that the historic tombs are not obscured by tree growth. Part of the necropolis was probably destroyed by sea erosion.

The dead were discovered with more than 300 weapons, jewelry and everyday objects. The excavations also found animal bones and shells in the graves. To the south-east, the graves have two niches in which the bodies were placed in the foetal position. From the 4th Century BC, cremation was also practiced. There are more grave sites on the small island off the coast of s'Illot Porros. The origins of the people buried in the cemetery is not clear, there was no associated settlement found.

Alan adds: Finds from Son Real are in the National Museum in Madrid except for some in the interpretation centre at Son Real itself. The Interpretation centre has far more on the estate and rural life and is open 9am-4pm.

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Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by 43559959 : A long walk to find it, but worth it (Vote or comment on this photo)

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett : Son Real necropolis is quite unlike any other ancient site I have visited. A jumble of 110 tombs for 300 burials, in shapes of rectangles, circles, horseshoes or inverted ship structures - facing east right next to the Mediterranean. Many of the tombs have 2, maybe three depressions - assuming burial spaces? The best route to approach was parking in the furthest SE corner of Son Baulo from Can P... (Vote or comment on this photo)

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett : Son Real necropolis is quite unlike any other ancient site I have visited. A jumble of 110 tombs for 300 burials, in shapes of rectangles, circles, horseshoes or inverted ship structures - facing east right next to the Mediterranean. Many of the tombs have 2, maybe three depressions - assuming burial spaces? (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett (Vote or comment on this photo)

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett : Son Real necropolis is quite unlike any other ancient site I have visited. A jumble of 110 tombs for 300 burials, in shapes of rectangles, circles, horseshoes or inverted ship structures - facing east right next to the Mediterranean. Many of the tombs have 2, maybe three depressions - assuming burial spaces? The best route to approach was parking in the furthest SE corner of Son Baulo from Can P...

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett : Son Real necropolis is quite unlike any other ancient site I have visited. A jumble of 110 tombs for 300 burials, in shapes of rectangles, circles, horseshoes or inverted ship structures - facing east right next to the Mediterranean. Many of the tombs have 2, maybe three depressions - assuming burial spaces?

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett : Son Real necropolis is quite unlike any other ancient site I have visited. A jumble of 110 tombs for 300 burials, in shapes of rectangles, circles, horseshoes or inverted ship structures - facing east right next to the Mediterranean. Many of the tombs have 2, maybe three depressions - assuming burial spaces? The best route to approach was parking in the furthest SE corner of Son Baulo from Can P...

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by TimPrevett

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Son Real Necropolis submitted by peterpf : The necropole of Son Real is located on a beautiful beach to the mediterain sea.

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Son Real Necropolis submitted by SolarMegalith : Another of the horseshoe-shaped tombs belonging to the 5th century BC phase of the necropolis (photo taken on June 2014).

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Son Real Necropolis submitted by SolarMegalith : Necropolis Son Real - view from the SE (photo taken on June 2014).

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by SolarMegalith : The eastern part of the talayotic necropolis of Son Real (photo taken on June 2014).

Son Real Necropolis
Son Real Necropolis submitted by SolarMegalith : One of the horseshoe-shaped tombs which belong to the later phase of this talayotic necropolis - 5th century BC (photo taken on June 2014).

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Re: Son Real Necropolis by Anonymous on Friday, 08 May 2015
Not in the Museum of Pollentia. Go to Son Real itself - signposted off MA-12 and interpretation centre has large display on rural life and smaller section on archaeology. Other finds now in Madrid, where National Museum re-opened 2014 and is magnificent and huge.
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Son Real Necropolis by TimPrevett on Saturday, 23 April 2011
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Something strange happened here. Somehow we ended up spending 3.5 hours on our visit here. Time seemed to slow down, and leaving felt difficult, like heavy. We were baffled as to how a big part of the day ended up being consumed by just this one site!
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    Re: Son Real Necropolis by sem on Friday, 05 February 2016
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    Snap! We spent so much time there the interpretation centre was closing when we got back. We did manage to buy the guidebook and at 5.00 Euros it was well worth it.
    The area is well signposted but the "dolmen" is a bit difficult to spot - just remember it's by the wooden viewing platform.

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      Re: Son Real Necropolis by davidmorgan on Friday, 05 February 2016
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      I see it's quite a long walk from the interpretation centre, on Street View:
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Re: Ancient tombs being restored - Son Real by TimPrevett on Monday, 18 April 2011
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The proximity of this site to the sea does make me wonder what the long term prospects for it are; another cemetery sits on a rocky island just to the south, slowly decaying.
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Ancient tombs being restored by coldrum on Thursday, 18 June 2009
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Ancient tombs being restored

A team of archaeologists are working to restore the prehistoric necropolis at Son Real to its previous state when it was first excavated way back in the 1960s.

During the initial excavation of the site, the experts decided to dismantle one of the graves. These graves were made of close fitting stones in the form of an upturned boat and such a practice would be unthinkable in this day and age. This particular type of grave is still on display in the Museum of Mallorca.

However, since the year 2006, a team of archaeologists working under the direction of Margalida Muner has been working at the site in the hope of restoring the area to its original condition in the 1960s.

One of the archaeologists, Jordi Hernandez, explained that they have more than two thousand photographs from the 1960s which give them constant information as to how the necropolis would have looked at that time. They can even identify all the stones which means that they are able to restore the tombs to their original condition.

It is believed that the reason these graves, originally built around 1,000 BC, were constructed in this specific way was in order to protect the spirits of the dead.

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