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The legacies of the Guanches

Among the archaeological sites there frequently appear geometrical figures. The ceramic used by the Guanches is the best element to date their existence, especially because it has not been adulterated by other cultures. This ceramic does not have many variations and centres in cups and wooden bowls.

The clean-cut decorations are based on stripes and simple geometrical motifs. Most of the findings are cups with a spherical or conical bottom, never flat, in a somewhat brownish hue, sometimes darker with variants, the most striking is the one with a perforated handle in the shape of a pipe that could also be duplicated on the opposite site, or the one with a solid handle and perforated pouring orifice. The primordial legacy of the Guanche people is their baked ceramic, of a surprisingly simple design and austere decorations, which is still reproduced today.

Caves

In Tegueste, there are archaeological findings of two kinds of caves:

Burial caves: The cave of the fountain (La cueva de la Fuente), la Enladrillada, el Guanche.

Dwelling caves: The cave of the high oven (La cueva el Alto Horno), los Cabezazos, the Knife (el Cuchillo) among others.

Mummies

In Tegueste, sepulchral caves have been found with some Guanche mummies, but most have been destroyed and others sent to museums.

 

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