Poblado La Atalayita
The village of primitive stone dwellings at La Atalayita dates back to before the Spanish Conquest
to the Island’s Majo population who are thought to be of Berber origin.
After the conquest local Shepherds continued to use the site, adding corals for their animals.
La Atalayita settlement is an archaeological site dating from the time of Mahos, the natives of Fuerteventura. La Atalayita settlement is located in the valley of Pozo Negro, in the east-central region of the island. It covers an area of 1,200 m2 and it is made up by many structures of different types. One of them is a sample of dry stone construction, of small size and truncated conical shape with round or elliptical base.
Another one is a bigger dry-stone construction with a more complex base, divided inside by stone walls attached to the outside wall.
The original roofs have not been preserved. All the area covered by the settlement and the surroundings contain archaeological material on surface, mainly shards of pottery decorated by natives, skeletal remains and stone tools.
At the interpretive centre, the visitor can learn about the excavations that have taken place at the site and the artefacts that have been found here.
Signposts for the Poblado de La Atalayita and Pozo Negro are at a minimum. To get there, take the FV-2 and take the turn off for Pozo Negro (which is easy to miss). There is a wall with the name “Poblado de La Atalayita” at the entrance of a dirt track, which leads to the settlement.
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