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Los inicios de la prehistoria en España. Ciencia versus religión. In J. Beltrán Fortes & M. ), El Clero y la Arqueología española. II Reunión Andaluza de Historiografía Arqueológica (pp. 99–112). Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla. Fundación El Monte. Mederos Martín, A. (2003). Islas Canarias. In M. Almagro Gorbea & J. ), 250 años de Arqueología y Patrimonio (pp. 195–207). Madrid: Real Academia de la Historia. , A. (1977 [1893]). Historia General de las Islas Canarias (Vol. I). Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain): Edirca.

J. 1007/978-1-4614-9396-9_3, © The Author(s) 2014 43 44 3 Archaeology and Dictatorship: The Centralization of Archaeological . . 1 Excessive government intervention in economic affairs led to the definitive suspension of the free port system and the substitution of European capital with capital from the mainland. The archipelago was therefore forced to seek supplies from the mainland market, which were much more expensive, at a time when its capital was being drained by the state. Self-sufficiency, in this sense, limited purchases from foreign markets and favored a second conquest of the island market by a Hispanic capitalism that had previously had an insignificant presence due to its inability to compete with the foreign supply.

The looting of the Canarian archaeological heritage since the end of the seventeenth century is also reflected in travel literature. The most coveted items were mummies (Farrujia 2004, Chap. 11). Verneau’s view of the dispersal of the Cro-Magnon race contributed towards defending French imperialist interests in Africa and the Canary Islands, proceeding in the same way as his compatriots Faidherbe, Tissot, and Broca, among others. Reflecting the ethnocentric world view of the time, the expansion of the Cro-Magnon race beyond French territory implied that all the areas occupied by the said Quaternary race would have been populated in ancient times by the ancestors of the Gallic nation (Farrujia 2005).

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