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

[image]Food and other surplus items were stored for later distribution in the collective granaries of the settlement. Granaries were located in high, inaccessable places which could only be reached by climbing to keep them safe from thievery. These granaries had many openings for ventilation and sunlight, allowing farmers to save grain for food and to use as seed for the next year's crop. These granaries were also used to store wood for fuel, raw material for various products, stone utensils (such as mortars for grinding grain), and pottery.

Left: El Alamo granary rises high above the mountainside caves where the original Canarians lived. The granary was difficult to access, keeping it safe from greedy outsiders.

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