The early inhabitants

Evidence of the early population of Gran Canaria has been found in the area of Maspalomas. The Punta Mujeres archaeological site includes the remains of an early coastal population very near the lighthouse. The early Canary Islanders settled in this area because of the availability of water in the pond and the plentiful hunting, fishing and seafood gathering. The site comprises six domestic structures that most likely formed part of a larger settlement. Carbon 14 dating places the settlement in a time frame from the 7th to the 9th century of the present era to the late 15th century. San Bartolomé de Tirajana is the borough with the highest number of archaeological sites on the island, with more than 160, including the sites in Lomo Perera and the Maspalomas Necropolis. One of the main sites is Arteara Archaeological Park, a large burial mound cemetery with more than 1,000 tombs built on an extensive lava flow. The necropolis covers an area of two square kilometres and was once enclosed by a dry stone wall.


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