- May 2016
In the previous post I was talking from memory, but the information is from Demetrio Castro Alfin in his book "História de Las Islas Canarias", 1983, p.80:Suggesting age?
"El descubrimiento en 1868 del hombre de Cro-Magnon fue seguido casi de inmediato, en 1874, por la identificación de caracteres análogos a los de esa especie en restos humanos procedentes de enterramientos prehistóricos de las Islas."
"The discovery in 1868 of the Cro-Magnon man was followed almost immediately, in 1874, by the identification of characters similar to those of that species in human remains from prehistoric burials of the Islands."
I think that the Cro-Magnon are from 40.000 to 10.000 BP, given or taken. And naturally they arrived to the islands by boats.
Probably there are more recent works avaiable on the theme.
Even if it is curious to note that the indigenous, at the time of the re-discovery by the Europeans, in the 14th century, seemed to have lost the capability to travel to the African continent, and the voyages between the Islands (that often can be seen with a naked eye) were reduced or almost inexistent to the point that there was relevant differences of culture from Island to Island.
The identification of most of the places in the Hannos Periplus is quite difficult in objective terms. As any other source from the antiquity. Besides the topography, the coastline, the water bodies changed significantly. And not all that was written can be taken literally.Recorded in Hannos Periplus…."Sailing across a great river, Khretes, we came to a lake. This lake had three islands in it, each larger than Kerne. From there, after a day’s sailing, we came to the innermost part of the lake above which rose great mountains, full of savage men dressed in animal skins, who by throwing stones at us prevented us from landing."
Kerne i identify as to be "ile purpur" de Mogador ,the river Khretes is the Souss-river and the lake with three island in it is mistakenly translated because it means the coastalwater with a lesser canary current.
The three Islands in the lake are Lanzarote(and the Little Island north) and Fuerteventura the other Islands are in the last part of the Quote ,the Islands with high Mountains.
You have to consider that there was and is no lake as big as you can sail a day long in it like in the beginnig of the quote .