SECRETS OF THE BLACK
Spain's Canary Islands are back in the news.
Six step pyramids, made of black volcanic stones,
were discovered late last year near Guimar, a town
on the eastern shore of Tenerife Island, about
40 kilometers (24 miles) south of Santa Cruz de
According to the London Times, "Spain's
Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa
hardly seem a place for pyramids, but there seem
to be six of them on Tenerife."
"The inhabitants have generally ignored these
dilapidated piles of black volcanic stones. However,
one perceptive native described them to Thor
Heyerdahl of Kon Tiki fame and a leading
proponent of cultural diffusion across all oceans."
"Quick to respond, Heyerdahl perceived amid
the debris six stepped pyramids of black stone.
He persuaded a Norwegian businessman to buy
the site, clean up the debris of centuries and
found a museum."
"One of the 'black' pyramids has now been
restored, but some experts are still unconvinced.
However, recent excavations under one pyramid
have yielded artifacts identified with" the Guanches,
"the pre-Spanish inhabitants of Tenerife."
"Meanwhile, Heyerdahl has been checking out
a rumored pyramid on Sicily." (See Science
Frontiers #122, March-April 1999 issue by William
S. Corliss, page 1 See also the Times of London
for December 19, 1998, "Riddle of the Black
Pyramids" by Robin Mead.)