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the Guanches

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« on: February 20, 2007, 05:19:09 am »

Found in caves on four of the seven Canary Islands, Guanche mummies once numbered in the thousands. Today only a handful remain, mostly in museum collections.

So far this is the only picture existing, from the one mummy kept by the Museum of Santa Cruz, Teneriffe.

Very little research concerning the Guanche mummies has been carried out, and definite dates that the mummies were produced are not known. The mummies were initially found by the Spanish during the 1400s as they conquered the island chain; other explorers discovered more over the next few centuries. A photo of a Guanche mummy displayed at the San Diego Museum of Man. Because the scientific study of Guanche mummies has been almost nonexistent, no analysis of the mummies found on the four islands has been published. Still - the photo from Santa Cruz tells that the Guances were red-haired...!

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