de bestiar, Menorca island, Baleari; Spain
The name pont de bestiar means in Catalan 'the hut
for animals', and can be found on Northern and Western
part of island of Menorca (Minorca) mostly.
The older constructions are smaller, mostly with stepped roof,
circular, and in use for flocks of sheep or goats: entrances
are very small, down to 4o x 3o cm.
Newer ponts have been made for bigger animals: horses mostly.
The newest I have seen appeared in 1990 in the middle of two
pastures, East of Ciutadella. Construction is of half-dressed
stone in perfect corbelling, outside is stepped construction
of the frame, on the top there is capstone. The new ponts
are pretty big: for about 3o to 5o animals.
Construction is the same as in the ancient monuments, navetas,
4ooo years old.