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Ancient grave with skeletons of 72 members of extinct Canary Islands civilization found by drone

Amateur archaeologists have found the mummified ancient remains of 72 pre-Hispanic ‘Guanche’ natives on the holiday island of Gran Canaria.

The remains, of 62 adults and 10 newborns, were found in the valley of Guayadequeon on the island of Gran Canaria, part of the Spanish Canary Islands.

Archaeologist Veronica Alberto and cultural councilor Javier Velasco confirmed the discovery and said the cave dates from the eighth to tenth centuries.

Amateur archaeologists have found the mummified ancient remains of 72 pre-Hispanic 'Guanche' natives on the holiday island of Gran Canaria

Amateur archaeologists have found the mummified ancient remains of 72 pre-Hispanic ‘Guanche’ natives on the holiday island of Gran Canaria

The remains, 62 adults and 10 newborns, were found in the valley of Guayadeque on the island of Gran Canaria, part of the Spanish Canary Islands

The remains, 62 adults and 10 newborns, were found in the valley of Guayadeque on the island of Gran Canaria, part of the Spanish Canary Islands

The remains, 62 adults and 10 newborns, were found in the valley of Guayadeque on the island of Gran Canaria, part of the Spanish Canary Islands

It is filled with the remains of the Guanche people, the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands at the time.

Spain colonized the islands between 1402 and 1496 and the Guanches were ethnically and culturally absorbed by the settlers.

The Guanches were said to be around 1000 BC. Have been migrated to the archipelago.

Mrs. Alberto told the local media: “There are many burial caves in Gran Canaria, but not many like this.”

It is filled with the remains of the Guanche people, the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands at the time

It is filled with the remains of the Guanche people, the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands at the time

It is filled with the remains of the Guanche people, the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands at the time

Spain colonized the islands between 1402 and 1496 and the Guanches were ethnically and culturally absorbed by the settlers

Spain colonized the islands between 1402 and 1496 and the Guanches were ethnically and culturally absorbed by the settlers

Spain colonized the islands between 1402 and 1496 and the Guanches were ethnically and culturally absorbed by the settlers

Spain colonized the islands between 1402 and 1496 and the Guanches were ethnically and culturally absorbed by the settlers

Spain colonized the islands between 1402 and 1496 and the Guanches were ethnically and culturally absorbed by the settlers

Spain colonized the islands between 1402 and 1496 and the Guanches were ethnically and culturally absorbed by the settlers

The Guanches were said to be around 1000 BC. Have been migrated to the archipelago. Pictured: the bones that lie at the bottom of the cave

The Guanches were said to be around 1000 BC. Have been migrated to the archipelago. Pictured: the bones that lie at the bottom of the cave

The Guanches were said to be around 1000 BC. Have been migrated to the archipelago. Pictured: the bones that lie at the bottom of the cave

“The discovery of the remains of newborns is important because they were not included in previous findings until recently. We now know that they can be found in this kind of cave burial. “

Local media said that Gran Canaria has a total of around 1200 archaeological sites.

During the research, experts also found the remains of the shrouds traditionally made from animal skin or vegetable fibers.

Mrs. Alberto said, “We can confirm that all pre-Hispanic people in the Canary Islands are prepared in the same way for the funeral ceremony.”

Mrs. Alberto told the local media: “There are many burial caves in Gran Canaria, but not many like this one”

“The discovery of the remains of newborns is important because they were not included in previous findings until recently. We now know that they can be found in these kind of cave burials, “Mrs. Alberto added

During the research, experts also found the remains of the shrouds traditionally made from animal skin or vegetable fibers

During the research, experts also found the remains of the shrouds traditionally made from animal skin or vegetable fibers

During the research, experts also found the remains of the shrouds traditionally made from animal skin or vegetable fibers

Mrs Alberto said: “We can confirm that all pre-Hispanic people in the Canary Islands are prepared in the same way for the funeral ceremony”

The cave is 23 feet (seven meters) from the ground and experts had difficulty climbing to it, according to reports.

The cave was initially found with the use of a drone by members of the amateur archeology group ‘El Legado’, formed by Ayose Himar Gonzalez, Jonay Garcia and Jesus Diaz.

Gonzalez said: ‘We flew with a drone and we took some pictures of the cave. It is in a very difficult place to reach and you have to climb a cliff to reach the site. People thought the photos were fake because of all the bones there. “

The cave is seven meters (23 feet) from the ground and experts had difficulty climbing to it, according to reports

The cave is seven meters (23 feet) from the ground and experts had difficulty climbing to it, according to reports

The cave is seven meters (23 feet) from the ground and experts had difficulty climbing to it, according to reports

The cave was initially found with the use of a drone by members of the amateur archeology group 'El Legado', formed by Ayose Himar Gonzalez, Jonay Garcia and Jesus Diaz

The cave was initially found with the use of a drone by members of the amateur archeology group 'El Legado', formed by Ayose Himar Gonzalez, Jonay Garcia and Jesus Diaz

The cave was initially found with the use of a drone by members of the amateur archeology group ‘El Legado’, formed by Ayose Himar Gonzalez, Jonay Garcia and Jesus Diaz

Gonzalez said: 'We flew with a drone and we took some pictures of the cave. It is in a very difficult place to reach and you have to climb a cliff to reach the site. People thought the photos were fake because of all the bones there '

Gonzalez said: 'We flew with a drone and we took some pictures of the cave. It is in a very difficult place to reach and you have to climb a cliff to reach the site. People thought the photos were fake because of all the bones there '

Gonzalez said: ‘We flew with a drone and we took some pictures of the cave. It is in a very difficult place to reach and you have to climb a cliff to reach the site. People thought the photos were fake because of all the bones there ‘

The cave was discovered at the end of June 2019, but was only recently reported to authorities because of the fear that it could be destroyed or looted

The cave was discovered at the end of June 2019, but was only recently reported to authorities because of the fear that it could be destroyed or looted

The cave was discovered at the end of June 2019, but was only recently reported to authorities because of the fear that it could be destroyed or looted

The archeology enthusiast said they discovered the cave at the end of June 2019, but they only recently reported it to the authorities out of concern that it could be destroyed or looted.

Gonzalez said: “The cave must be closed and preserved with the bones left there to respect the site.

“We decided to report this because we want the local authorities to preserve and respect it.”

WHAT WAS GAUNCHE SOCIETY AND WHY IS IT EXCLUDED?

Statue of a Guanches chief Anaterue in Candelaria, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Statue of a Guanches chief Anaterue in Candelaria, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Statue of a Guanches chief Anaterue in Candelaria, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Guanches were the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands. They were hunter-gatherer tribes who lived a lifestyle as if people were believed to live in the Stone Age.

In 2017, the first genome-wide data from the Guanches confirmed that they were of North African origin. There are suggestions that people with fair skin are descended from the Berbers of North Africa, possibly Libya.

It is believed that they migrated from North Africa to the archipelago around 1,000 BC. What we do know about the mysterious people is derived from the work of Spanish chroniclers and from archaeological discoveries.

It was believed that they lived in caves and huts and had few tools due to the absence of ore to make metal on the volcanic islands.

The indigenous population had knowledge of basic agriculture and also made pottery. Just like the ancient Egyptians, the Guanches were known for embalming and mummifying their dead.

Dead guanches of higher social status were left in caves while people were buried deeper in the ground.

Like the Egyptians, although it is not certain, the Guanches may have created the mysterious pyramids scattered throughout Tenerife. There are several, with six in the city of Guimar.

Güimar pyramids in Tenerife, Canary islands. The Guanches are believed to have built these

Güimar pyramids in Tenerife, Canary islands. The Guanches are believed to have built these

Güimar pyramids in Tenerife, Canary islands. The Guanches are believed to have built these

It is quite possible that the Guanches were responsible for building the structures, because it is known that they had basic knowledge of geometric shapes through their “pintaderas”, a kind of art seal of earthenware.

The Guanches of Tenerife were divided into nine kingdoms with a king known as a “mencey” for each of these.

The Guanches were the only indigenous people known to have lived in the Macaronesian region before the arrival of Europeans, as there is no evidence that the other Macaronesian archipelagos (Azores, Cape Verde, Madeira) were inhabited before the Europeans arrived.

After the Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands, they were ethnically and culturally absorbed by Spanish settlers, although elements of their culture are preserved to this day, mixed with Canarian customs and traditions such as Silbo (the whistled language of La Gomera Island).

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