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Archaelogists work on fascinating “temple” site in Gran Canaria 

PAGE 14 Archaelogists work on  fascinating TEMPLE ONE

Gran Canaria is offering free guided visits to one of the most fascinating sites on the is land.

La Fortaleza has been hailed as one of the most unique indigenous structures discovered to date in the Canary Islands.

A new phase of excavation is currently underway on its stunning slopes. It is thought to date back to the sixth century AD and may have been a temple.

There are three levels and rock carvings have been found.

Three guided visits have been organised by the Cabildo to the site located in Santa Lucía de Tirajana, the first of which was on December 2nd. The other two are on December 14th and 16th.

The two hour free tours will be taken by the archaeo-logist Marco Moreno, of the company Tibicena, which manages the Interpretation Centre of La Fortaleza.

The initiative is part of the informative programme called ‘Open Heritage’ promoted by the Historical Heritage Service of the Ministry of Culture of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria. This aims to show the public, in a direct and close-up way, the archaeological work that is carried out in different enclaves of patrimonial interest of the island.

There will be a free bus for the transfer to La Fortaleza on the indicated days, which will depart from the Fuente Luminosa in the Gran Canaria capital at 9am.

However, prior registra-tion was needed, with the date of November 29th having been put by the Cabildo. To check availability for the later two events, visit www.visitas.grancanaria-patrimonio.com

Those on the tour will be able to see the lower level which consists of a room with a circular floor that has an annex with a square floor plan, which is currently walled up and in which archaeologists work as it is one of the main objectives of the current campaign.

This level communicates with the superior level through a series of steps.

The work will help to deepen knowledge of the site, with stones being tested for their age and composition.