The Pyramids Of Güímar

In Guimar on the Southeast coast of the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, there are six stupenchatykh pyramids. According to scientists, these structures were piled up by local farmers, when plowing the land have the custom to put the stones found at the borders of fields. It was common practice in the Canary Islands, especially in the second half of the nineteenth century. According to local residents and according to the old images such pyramid existed in many places of the island, but were demolished due to their perceived uselessness and used as a source of cheap building material. Directly in Güimar there were nine pyramids, of which there are only six.

The Theory Of Thor Heyerdahl

In 1991 known for his controversial theories of Explorer Thor Heyerdahl studied the pyramids and proclaimed that they may not be just mountains of rubble. For example, detected distinct traces of stone on the corners of the pyramids, and also that piece of land before the construction of the pyramids was aligned. The material is not round boulders from local fields, and pieces of lava. Heyerdahl also made opinion about astronomical orientation of the pyramids. At the summer solstice from the platform on top of the largest pyramid you can watch the double sunset, the sun disappears behind the mountain top, then appears again, goes for the nearest peak a second time. All of the pyramids on the West side there are stairs that morning at the winter solstice lead precisely to the rising sun.

Heyerdahl was never able to find out the age of the pyramids or to answer the question, by whom they were built. However, we do know that in the cave under one of the pyramids lived the Guanches, aborigines of Canary Islands. Guimar, until the Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands in the late fifteenth century, was the seat of one of 10 manseau (kings) of Tenerife. It is noteworthy that according to Pliny the Elder, the Canary Islands were uninhabited in the time of Hanno the Navigator (circa 600 BC. C.), but however, they were ruins of large buildings. The origin of the Guanches is not clear. Crossing to the Canary Islands from the nearest coast in southern Morocco is difficult because of the sea currents, at the same time, it is much easier from Europe and the Mediterranean.

Heyerdahl put forward the theory that the Canary Islands in ancient times was a staging post on the way between America and the Mediterranean. The fastest route between the two parts of light really passes through the Canary Islands is used, for example, by Christopher Columbus. In 1970 Heyerdahl showed that shipping between North Africa and perhaps the Caribbean sea and ancient techniques – he sailed from Morocco to Barbados on a papyrus boat RA II.