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The Government of Fuerteventura is investigating the dates of two archaeological pieces, a necklace bead carved and perforated in fragment of mollusc and another sandstone rock, with apparent small human forms, which was found by a local resident in a ravine.

Marcial Morales, President of the Government of Fuerteventura presented both pieces together with councillors of Historical Heritage and Museums, Juan Jimenez and Jose Juan Herrera Martel, as well as SEPRONA agents and the adviser of the Canarian Government for Historical Heritage, Luis Mata, and the person who found these archaeological remains, Juan Jose Alonso.
Morales said “Both pieces will be subject to investigation and these findings also ratifies the archaeological potential of the area where they were found, which would be added to the rich heritage of the island.”
Juan Jimenez explained that before any finding of this type of heritage, the established protocol should be followed, and immediately notify SEPRONA or Environmental Government Agents, who will transfer the pieces to the Historical Heritage technicians to establish their historical, cultural and ethnographic value.”
Luis Mata stressed “There is an importance for protecting and researching the heritage of Fuerteventura, and fundamental for this will be the forthcoming opening of the Insular Archaeological Museum of Betancuria. This will be ‘key’ both for the education of young people and for scientific studies.”
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Different discovery, courtesy of Cabildo:

The Department of Historical Heritage is involved in a new archaeological discovery of intact aboriginal ceramics

The Ministry of Culture and Historical Heritage of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, directed by Andrés Briansó, manages to urgently begin the excavation of two underground caves, in which four ceramic vessels with their aboriginal sandstone lids have been found. This event is a great opportunity to know and protect the cultural and historical heritage of Fuerteventura, since the materials found and their surroundings contain very valuable information.

In the municipality of La Oliva, two caves have recently been located: the first one with two semi-buried vessels surrounded by stones around it, and a second cave that contains two vessels placed on the wall of the volcanic tube. The place was intervened by a multidisciplinary team, which includes archaeologists, conservators and historians, who carried out the extraction of the ceramics under the supervision of the technicians of the Cultural Heritage area of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, as well as by the island advisor.

Those responsible for this intervention highlight that the main objective was the extraction of the vessels and the collection of the archaeological material to determine the nature of the site, its size and cultural relevance, in addition to guaranteeing the preservation of the remains found and thus preventing their deterioration and risk of plunder.

The hard-to-reach cavities are found in a landscape with lots of construction remains and archaeological information. “The conservation of these remains and their study will facilitate deepening the knowledge of the aboriginal society of Fuerteventura,” says Briansó, who also thanks “residents to facilitate the location of the find, as well as the entire team for the great work that They are performing. Once the restoration work is finished, these important pieces will become part of the Insular Archaeological Museum collection, ”he adds.

“This finding is essential and of great interest to investigate this type of volcanic caves and their uses. In addition, given the good state of preservation, ceramics can give us transcendental information for their content. It is a fascinating event, which can be a great step for the culture and historical heritage of the island and in turn, a unique opportunity to analyse and investigate new aspects of the life of aboriginal populations, ”says the counsellor.


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