Punta Mujeres



This site is located about 150 meters west of the Maspalomas Lighthouse, in the direction of Las Meloneras beach. Punta Mujeres is a magnificent example of the coastal settlements that are located in much of the coast of Gran Canaria.


This space was the object of an archaeological intervention between 2000 and 2001, locating the remains of six domestic structures that, surely, were part of a larger settlement. Of all, number six stands out, which is located at the northern end of the complex. It is a construction that on the outside has a circular plan, while inside it has a main room with a quadrangular appearance to which another smaller one is attached. Inside this building abundant evidence of lithic industry, ceramics, as well as remains of marine and terrestrial fauna were recovered.


There is no doubt that its location is strategic, since part of the outcropping structures remain as a viewpoint on the very edge of the small cliff. The exceptional natural conditions in which the life of the aborigines developed in this enclave cannot be overlooked, together with a large oasis and an intertidal pool that received an abundant population of seasonal birds.


These small nuclei followed one another along the small ravines and beaches of the south, since relatively isolated aboriginal houses have also been identified in Las Meloneras, Montaña la Arena, El Llanillo, etc.


Carbon 14 dating allows us to place the period of occupation of this site between the 7th and 9th centuries, perhaps extending until the end of the 15th century, when the conquest of the island took place.




The texts on this page are based on the Guide to the Archaeological Heritage of Gran Canaria, edited by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria.



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