The project will continue until November through sub-aquatic archaeological courses which follow on from the work carried out in previous explorations during 1994 and 2001.
Two areas of interest have been identified, believed to contain the wrecks of two ships, one of which was carrying amphorae of oil from the south of Spain and the other en route from the north of Africa.
A timely finding before Easter, Menorca’s prehistoric giant rabbit, the Nuralagus Rex, has just made the news after a recent discovery was featured on the front cover of the ‘Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology’ with an article written by Josep Quintana and Meike Köhler on the Menorcan Giant Lagomorph.
It would appear that this giant rabbit lived in Menorca during the Pliocene and Messinian Ages (around 3 to over 5 million years ago), having arrived when the Balearic Islands were connected to the mainland. The name Lagomorph is derived from the Greek lagos (meaning ‘hare’) and morphe (meaning ‘form’)
Menorca is often referred to as the Mediterranean’s largest open air museum. As you travel around the island, whether by car, bike, horseback or on foot, you cannot fail to notice the mysterious weatherworn stone remains dotted all over the countryside that are evidence of a sophisticated, prehistoric culture. These are the remains of the late-Bronze-Age, dating back to pre-Talayotic (2300-1300 BC) and Talayotic (1000-123 BC) civilisations and include talayots (square-based watchtowers), navetes (circular accommodation and burial chambers) and taulas (standing stones in the shape of a huge table). There is something quite incredible about finding these imposing ancient relics as they have been left, many standing in wild meadows with sheep and cows grazing peacefully nearby.
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