Casa Cremada I Menhir

(4th and 3rd millennium BCE - middle and late Neolithic, and Chalcolithic)

The Casa Cremada I menhir is a large block of gneiss which is located within the megalithic area of Roses and is probably of prehistoric origin. It is stele shaped and measures 2.4 m in height. The stone has a seam of white quartz on its upper part which characterises the stone and the edges of the megalith have been reworked in ancient times in order to give it the desired shape.

It was discovered in December 1996 by Carles Pàramo Barbarà and Esteve Martínez, who gave it the name of the place where it is located. The menhir was subsequently reviewed by experts who determined the possible prehistoric origin and it was excavated. In the May of the following year, 1997, it was straightened during the course of the first megalithic feast.

The orientation of the menhir is North-South and is accurate because during the excavation the original hole where it had been set and the stones or wedges that marked where it was were found. Therefore, it was possible to recover the original orientation and the place where it can be seen at the moment is where the builders placed it sometime between the fourth and the third millennium BCE.