Menhirs of Cala Creta East Side

Another interesting site with standing stones in Lampedusa can be found in the area  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°37'17.01"E


Map courtesy of Goolge Earth

In this site we can find several 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

While we could not find clear signs / traces of remains of larger stone structures next to these menhirs (it is not a surprise considering that this is probably the most intensively developed touristic residential area of Lampedusa) yet the presence of very interesting ceramic shreds  and basalt stone tools were so clear and widespread that we  decided to include this site among those of archaeological interest: it should also noted that this site is very close to Cala Creta West Side site and that alone could fulfill the second factor outlined above.


It is important not to remove these shreds from their original location because researchers can gain important insight information about the site from these little pieces of ceramic and stone tools.

Basalt Levigated stone tool

Ceramic shreds

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.