Wednesday, July 6

Bone remains found in the volcanic tube of the Sima de Jinámar where reprisals of Francoism are sought

Archaeologists from the Historical Heritage Service of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria have found evidence of the point of the Sima de Jinámar where the corpses of reprisals from the Franco regime during the Civil War could be, which would be found two meters or two and a half meters below the level background current.

The archaeologists who carried out the prospecting in the Sima de Jinámar assessed the enclave archaeologically and patrimonially to determine if there is the presence of remains of political reprisals who were murdered and thrown into this 76-meter-deep volcanic chimney during the Civil War and that according to testimonies of family members could be hundreds.

In this regard, the archaeologist and inspector of the Historical Heritage Service of the Cabildo, Javier Velasco, indicated at the end of the intervention that “it is very likely” that most of these human remains are accumulated in the last landslide before reaching the bottom, where the garbage and the remains of animals that have been thrown into the chasm are concentrated. “Although, as sediments and materials have continued to fall inside in recent years, it is most likely that they are two meters or two and a half meters below the current surface,” he pointed out.

“The truth is that, taking into account where the vertical of the fall of the mouth of the chasm is, we can get an idea of ​​where the concentration of material is,” added the archaeologist.

In fact, during the survey a fragment of bone was collected, which raises some doubts as to whether it is human or animal, “but it may be a first indication that helps us to certify that, indeed, the concentration may be in that area of ​​collapse.” of human remains”, he underlined.

Compare the information

The next step will be to compare this information with that provided by the people who went down to the bottom in the first years of democracy.

Velasco has stated that, although information is already available in this regard, the intention is to meet again with them and share data, already on the basis of direct knowledge of the place that they now have in the Historical Heritage Service.

From now on, and once this first operation is completed, the work will be developed in several lines. Thus, action will be taken outside the chasm, in order to specify from which area the bodies were thrown, so it is likely that surveys will be planned in that place, to check if there are remains of the ammunition that was used in the murders of those people.

Likewise, interventions will be carried out inside, also through surveys in the area of ​​the last landslide, to corroborate that the human remains are indeed there, as well as their state of conservation and if they present anatomical relationships or connections or some type of alteration that makes it difficult its recovery even more, adds the note from the Cabildo.