A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
Left: South face of Roque Bentayga where the largest number of caves, 104, has been found Roque Bentayga was also one of the high places used for worship, where offerings were made to assure rain. At the top of the rock is a type of shrine, called an almagorén. It can be reached by the eastern face following a narrow pathway. The shrine is made up of a complex system of channels and hollows carved on two platforms joined together by a central basin. The carvings were used to give offerings in fertility rituals. The rock also could have been a place to consult the stars to know when to plant crops. The area is surrounded by a stone wall, thought possibly to have been built to protect the space from the profane world. Similar carvings are found near Telde.