Guanche mummies
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Guanche Mummies
Age Unknown
Sex Men/Women
Status Remaining members of the Indigenous Guanche people
Height Males stood 1.70m and Females stood 1.57m
Culture Indigenous Guanche
Date(s) 1933
Site Tenrife, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, and El Hierro
Current Location
Location Unknown
Catalog #

Biography Edit

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

Mummification Edit

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.


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