Puig Alt Cist

(4700-3400 BCE - Middle Neolithic)

The Puig Alt Cist is a prehistoric tomb which comprises a funeral chamber located in the centre of a mound. It is currently in a very poor state and only part of the slate slabs forming the side of the chamber and the southern and western sides of the mound have been preserved. The funeral chamber is rectangular, encased within the rock and covered with slabs of slate. It was built exactly on a north-south axis.

It was located in 1985 by members of GESEART and was excavated in 1988. During the excavation they were able to identify the chamber and the mound but did not find any archaeological remains that could pinpoint its chronology. However, it is considered that, typologically, this tomb belongs to the initial megalithic period, at the end of the fifth, beginning of the fourth millennium BCE.

This cist lies within what is known as the Montjoi necropolis, an area where there are several prehistoric tomb and stone carving groups in a radius of one and a half kilometres. These are found in uncultivated terrain, unsuitable for agriculture and probably on the edge of the communal territory of the first settlers in this area.