The museum at Montuïri

The small town of Montuïri hosts one of the few archaeological museums on Mallorca. It is dedicated to the excavations of the nearby Talaiot Son Fornés and run by the Fundación Son Fornés.

Museu Arqueològic de Son Fornés

Museu Arqueològic de Son Fornés

I arrived just before 4 pm when it is supposed to reopen after siesta. When Robert finally showed up I was the only visitor. I told him about my mission and the dayofarch so he invited me to enter for free.

The museum is housed in a medieval mill carefully restored several years ago. It used to be situated at the end of a small alley in the north-east of the town. However, most of todays mapping services (and my ovi-maps navigation) will get confused because the northern outskirts underwent serious civil works . OpenStreetMap shows you the situation as it is today.

Inside the museum the rare space is well organised and the exhibition shows nice collections of finds from Son Fornés, organised by period accompanied by panels explaing the overall historical context covering the Bronze Age to Byzantine period.

Inside the Museum

Inside the Museum

At the end of my visit I tried to accomplish my mission by asking Robert about continuity of sites during the Byzantine and Arab period. He was well informed about the situation at Son Fornés, where occasional finds of pottery mostly outside the settlement indicate some activity, but the houses unearthed so far seem to have been abandoned during the Byzantine period.

He wasn’t sure about other sites but mentioned that the arabic administrative organisation of the island might account for Talaiotic sites.

I guess, the library would be a better place to tackle this question. I remember some publications on the Roman capital of the Insula Maior at Pollentia, where there might be more profound information to find.

Sorry Reinhard, that’s all I could get during my dayofarch!

Roman Amphorae from Son Fornés

Roman Amphorae from Son Fornés

Finally, Robert invited me to visit the excavation that’s about to start next monday. Some Germans are part of the team and I’m really looking forward to spend some time with them at Son Fornés.

When I left, Robert started to prepare for the evening when a film is shown by a French team on archaeology and it’s setting in modern society. I couldn’t make it back there but I’m sure they had fun. I left a very relaxed place with friendly people.

Definetely worth a visit!

Thanks, Robert!