The Casa Cremada III menhir

The Casa Cremada III menhir

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

The Casa Cremada III menhir is a standing stone, made of granite, which measures 1.70 meters high by 1.20 m wide at the base and 66 cm at the top. Its orientation is very close to being exactly N/S (10°-190°) and it has a rectangular section. The sides have been worked and the southern side has been chipped. Its prehistoric origin has not been confirmed by scientists.

It was discovered by Miquel Palós Padrós of Roses in 2002 and it is believed to have always been standing upright. During prehistoric times menhirs certainly either fulfilled signposting or religious functions and it is common to find them in dolmenic areas such as the one we find ourselves in. These megaliths have a long chronology that goes from the fourth to the third millennium BCE.

This stone might well be a menhir or a milestone. However, the fact that it is in a dolmenic area means that it is quite likely that it's a megalith and it was one of the four menhirs that the scholar Manuel Cazurro observed in 1912 in the immediate vicinity of the Creu d'en Cobertella dolmen.