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Artificial cave construction threatens ancient rock carvings

The construction of an artificial cave in a Canary Island mountain is threatening to damage more than 200 ancient carvings.

Spanish authorities have revived plans to construct the late artist Eduardo Chillida’s vast, artificial cave in a Canary Island mountain, despite concerns over potential damage to ancient engravings on the mountain’s summit. The €75m Tindaya mountain project on the island of Fuerteventura has been the subject of fierce debate for almost two decades.

The mountain is home to more than 200 indigenous carvings, including “podo­morphs” or sacred etchings resembling footprints. They were created by the isolated Guanche people, also known as the “Majos”, who are thought to have migrated from North Africa. Intended to ward off evil spirits, the carvings may date to as early as the first century BC.

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Story: The Art Newspaper

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