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Acusa "Beyond the Beaches of Gran Canaria"
October 29, 1999


[image]Above: Inside a cave, wood from a table and a bed frame are evidence of more recent occupation. Note the ladle hanging from the table.

The caves in this area are mostly artifical, carved out by the ancient Canarians with stone and bone tools. Most of the caves have a cross-like form, a central rectangle with one or more rooms to either side. The families that lived there would have used hides or wood to divide the space inside to meet their needs. Some of the caves were decorated with paint like that found at Gáldar. The entrances were closed with walls of rock and wooden doors. Many are still like this today. Animals were also kept in the caves.

Left: Rock wall and door built into a cave opening

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