|Location:||Near Malpaíses. Villa de Mazo. Barranco de La Chicharra. 9km from the airport.|
|Address:||Cueva de Belmaco.|
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|18th cty||discovered by the Spanish.|
|1752||visited by Domingo Van de Walle de Cervellón, the mititary governor of of La Palma.|
|1959||excavation by L. Diego Cuscoy.|
|1961||excavation by L. Diego Cuscoy.|
|1974||excavation by Dr. Mauro Hernández Pérez.|
|1979||excavation by Dr. Mauro Hernández Pérez.|
|1984||declared a Monumento Histórico - Artístico (Historic Monument).|
|1991||archaeological museum inaugurated.|
|25-MAR-1999||Parque Arqueológico de Belmaco inaugurated.|
Cueva de Belmaco, inhabited by the Guanche, is today an archaeological park. The life a culture of the Canarian natives is explained in and around the cave. The cave is a huge shelter, which is interpreted as the audience hall of a local king. Of course, this interpretation is more or less fantasy, as the archaeological evidence does not exist.
After the occupation of the Canarian Islands by the Spanish, this cave was used as a workshop, a stable, a barn, and at last as the place of catholic passion plays. The stone oven in the cave was built much later, probably while it was used as a workshop. The cave engraving in and around the cave are of Guanche origin.
Beneath the main cave there are numerous other caves, which are interpreted as dying caves. The old guanche were brought into the cave when they were dying, and then walled alive into the cave.
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