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PREHISPANIC CAVES IN RISCO CAIDO (GRAN CANARIA)

Both the King of Spain, Felipe VI, and Queen Letizia are “convinced” that the site of Risco Caído, in Gran Canaria, deserves the recognition to which it aspires as UNESCO World Heritage, “for its extraordinary quality in historical and natural terms.”

 


In the speech given by Felipe VI this Monday, during the first day of his visit to the Canary Islands, the King stressed that the Royal House feels “involved” with the candidacy that Spain will present to Unesco so that this pre-Hispanic site is included in the list of World Heritage sites.

The caves of Risco Caído, located in Artenara, at the top of Gran Canaria, testify to the great mastery of astronomy and the calendars that came to develop the aboriginal populations of the Canary Islands, by building solar and lunar markers that allowed them to know precisely key moments for agriculture or for the rites of their societies, such as seasonal changes.

Felipe VI has known details of the archaeological site in the Casa de Colón, in the historic quarter of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, showing that the achievements by aboriginal societies had aroused his personal curiosity for astronomy, Heriatage technician Jose de Leon, who has explained him its value, has related.

A society that did not know the metals achieved to construct an artificial cave in Risco Caído where the first light of the day marks with precision the beginning of the summer in the shape of a ray that sneaks through a skylight during the days of the solstice and runs through its walls, and the moonlight does the same when winter arrives.

Mr. Felipe praised the value of the so-called “sacred mountains of Gran Canaria” in his first speech on this visit, which took place at the headquarters of the Canarian Ocean Platform, a public consortium with which Spain aspires to lead the research in marine engineering and renewable energy.

“A society linked to science, research, ideas, innovation and knowledge is a society capable of explaining and transforming the world,” he added.


Telde (Canary Islands), April 24, 2017


Grammar notes: differences between ‘por’ and ‘para’,  simple tenses of the indicative mood


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De los yacimientos arqueológicos que son Patrimonio de la Humanidad.
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De la presentación de una candidatura a la UNESCO.
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Del descubrimiento de un yacimiento arqueológico.
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Según el texto, el Risco Caído ya es Patrimonio de la Humanidad.
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Falso.
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No se sabe.
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Verdadero.
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¿Dónde se encuentra Risco Caído?
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En la costa este de España.
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En una isla española.
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En la zona norte de España.
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Según el texto, los antiguos habitantes de esa zona...
A
Tenían buenos conocimientos sobre astronomía.
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Dominaban la astronomía y el trabajo con los metales.
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Desconocían la astronomía.
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Según los Reyes de España este yacimiento...
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Debería estar entre los lugares que son Patrimonio de la Humanidad.
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Tiene difícil que sea nombrado Patrimonio de la Humanidad.
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Este es el primer lugar que se declaró Patrimonio de la Humanidad.
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Precisión.
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Presición.
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Astronomía.
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Astronomia.
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Estan en la sede.
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