“Menorca was and is a sacred and magical island,” he told me, explaining that he has developed a new system of deep energy work based on Talayotic energies, which he says works in a similar way to reiki to promote healing. “For Menorcans, the talayotic enclosures and the taulas are vestiges of their ancestral past, and they have a huge amount of respect for them,” Montero said. “On certain full moons, offerings are still made by some locals.”
As I climbed a hill near section 16 of the Camí de Cavalls path between Alaior and Son Bou in the island’s south, it became clear why the Talayotic people chose to locate their largest village, Torre d’en Galmes, up here. The vantage point offers views over the southern coast, important for keeping a lookout for invaders. I walked around the remains of the three talayotsat the top and left some flowers in the corner of the sanctuary up here, an offering to unknown gods.
On the lower southern slopes of the hill were Talayotic circular houses, which have been restored by archaeologists. In total, the population here was estimated at between 200 to 300 people, according to Riduavets, and the settlement had a sophisticated fresh-water collection system created from a series of different-sized cisterns carved out from the rock.
If the island is granted World Heritage status this year, it will unlock more funding for much-needed research that may help answer some of the mysteries of the taulas. It would also be a boon for cultural tourism, encouraging new visitors to explore this beautiful island with its unique archaeological heritage.
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