Traces of times past

The Cultural Landscape of Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria is full of cultural manifestations on the part of the pre-Hispanic populations of the island, ranging from painted artificial caves to Libyco-Berber alphabetic engravings.

The Cultural Landscape has been inhabited continuously for at least two millennia, first by a culture of North African Amazigh origin, and then by a late medieval European culture after the Castilian conquest of the 15th century.

But replacement does not necessarily mean disappearance, at least in the case of certain cultural elements. The new European settlers were able to learn from the previous settlers about how to take advantage of techniques, customs and ways of life that were ideal for exploiting the island's ecosystems.

The troglodyte habitat itself, the suitable agricultural techniques for steep territory which did not have a lot of arable land, the routes for transhumance, the techniques for pottery making and even a certain conception and perception of the sky beyond the strictly physical, are just some examples of how the ancient Canarian populations continued, in some way to remain present in what was probably their most sacred area.