Zanata Stone

Zanata Stone
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The Zanata Stone
Location Archaeological Museum of Tenerife (Tenerife, Canary Islands)
Type Guanche Tifinagh stele
Dedicated to Guanche Berber religion

The Zanata Stone (Spanish: Piedra Zanata), also known as the Zenata Stone, is a small stele with engravings. The tablet is presumably of Guanche origin. It was found in 1992 near a mountain known as Montaña de las Flores (Mountain of the Flowers) in the municipality of El Tanque, located in the northwestern part of Tenerife, Canary Islands.

The Zanata Stone depicts a kind of fish. According to Rafael Gonzalez Antón, the director of the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife, its characters appear to be in Tifinagh. The latter alphabet is descended from the ancient Libyco-Berber script, and is used today by the Tuareg.[1]

The Zanata Stone seems to have been related to the magical-religious traditional faith of the Guanches. It has been dated to between the Fifth Century BC and the Seventh Century AD.[citation needed]

Some Guanches of Tenerife were also known as Zanata or Zenete, or "those with a cut tongue". The Zanata Stone is currently in the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Tenerife).[2]

See also


  1. ^ Mitchell, Peter (2005). African Connections: Archaeological Perspectives on Africa and the Wider World. Rowman Altamira. p. 177. ISBN 075911501X. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  2. ^ The Zanata Stone (in Spanish)