Riddles in the Stone

Ancient Petroglyphs

The Canary Islands are home to curious glyphs and petroglyphs – disks and sunbursts etched into the rough basalt of rock shelters by the islands’ early occupants.

One theory ascribes the enigmatic drawings to the Guanches, a fair-haired warlike race, who wore goatskins, employed a curious language consisting of whistles when communicating with one another across the islands’ wide gorges, and practiced the art of mummification to an extent known only to the Incas and the Egyptians.  Today we explore these riddles in the stone.

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