| Guanche mummies |
|Status||Remaining members of the Indigenous Guanche people|
|Height||Males stood 1.70m and Females stood 1.57m|
|Site||Tenrife, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, and El Hierro|
They are the remaining members of the indigenous Guanche people in the Canary Islands. The mummies were created during the eras before the Spanish settlement in the 15th century
Three methods identified through scientific analysis are: evisceration, preservation, and stuffing. These methods were used in different eras depending of the time the mummy was created. Preservation of the outer parts of the body was achieved through a combination of resins and animal skin wrappings. Resins were made with a mixture of minerals, plants and fats. They were spread across the body prior to drying it either in the sun or through smoking. The deceased was wrapped in animal skins and laid to rest. The amount of animal skins used in wrapping matched with the individuals social status, with the kinds wrapped with 15 skins.
The mummification on the Canary Islands remained confined to Tenrife, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, and El Hierro. The most well-preserved were found on Tenerife.
- doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.2307%2F3243832