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date: 27 January 2020

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This article discusses the Bronze Age of the Balearic Islands, which were divided into the Pine Islands and the Gymnesian Islands. It introduces the ‘Talayotic Culture’, which is characterised by monumental buildings that have a square or circular floor plan (talaiots) and are built from huge stone blocks without using any type of mortar. The article studies the initial occupation in Mallorca, where the inhabitants lived in rock shelters and caves, and takes a look at the naviform buildings that became common throughout the Balearic Islands from 1600 to 1100 BC. It ends with a discussion of the proto-talayotic period, specifically the funerary practices and grave goods, such as the treatment of people’s hair after their death.

Keywords: Balearic Islands, Talayotic Culture, monumental buildings, initial occupation, naviform buildings, proto-talayotic period, funerary practices, grave goods

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