Lampedusa: Menhirs of Cala Creta West Side

Another interesting site with standing stones in Lampedusa can be found in the area west of  "Contrada Cala Creta", not far from Mare Morto Bay bay: here we are going to show some of the most notable features of this site located at the following coordinates (as per map  posted below)
 35°30'38.54"N -  12°37'12.98"E
Map courtesy of Goolge Earth

In this site we can find two standing stones which apparently look like natural features but the analysis below will reveal that they were part of a broader structure whose remains are still there to be seen despite the badly damaged original landscape (this is an area intensively developed with residential buildings ).

Standing Stone 1

Standing Stone 2

Again, we are going to use two elements to classify this site as a megalithic site rather than a simple natural site  withe excavated stones:

1-The presence of ancient ceramic/pottery shreds close to the standing stone or other traces/remains of ancient lithic tools
2-The presence of traces/remains of  other stone structures/buildings next or close to the standing stones

As far as the first element is concerned, some ancient ceramic shreds can be found in this website (among litter and other trash) but  most importantly remains of ancient stone walls and foundations are visible:
Remains of an ancient  stone wall

View of the site

Finally I will show here  an very interesting document: a picture of this site as it looked 25 years ago and how it looks now: by contrasting the two picture you can easily notice how remains of a building foundations (I suppose of ancient making and belonging to this same megalithic site) have disappeared been buried.



1987 picture of this site


This interesting megalithic site is just another example of what can be found in Lampedusa, certainly a site worth more attention, preservation efforts and of course addition study and archaeological research.