Written in Stone


Photo : Ancient inscriptions at Zonzamos
Scientists from Oxford, Brussels, Morocco and the Canaries gathered in Lanzarote last month for a series of conferences relating to the ancient inscriptions found on many rocks on Lanzarote and the Canaries.
While most of the Canary Islands bear inscriptions in a north African-derived language known as Libyco-Berber, a number of those found on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are of a different language, identified as Libyco-Canarian.
Scientists believe the influence of latin on this distinct language shows that the inscriptions may be evidence of close links between the aboriginal inhabitants of the island and the Roman empire.