Prior to Spanish settlement of the Canary Islands, the indigenous Guanche people intentionally eviscerated and desiccated the bodies of members of the social elite. Hundreds of mummies filled numerous caves on the islands, at least until the Spanish settled the area in the 15th century. Most of the mummies are assumed to have been sold, traded, and made into mummia, a powdered “medicine” that was used until the early 20th century. The mummy of San Andrés was a man in his late 20s and is exhibited in the Canary Islands, while some Guanche mummies can be found in Madrid at the National Archaeological Museum.
This mummy was found, along with many other mummies, on the Canary Islands in Spain. It is one of the best preserved or the Guanche mummies. It is a 25-30 year old male that was discovered on a wooden board, within a cave, inside a ravine, near the village of San Andres (Anaga Massif).
The Guanche necropolis of Uchova was discovered in 1933, and The Mummy of San Andres was found within. It later become part of the collections of the Museum of Nature and Man or Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1958, and remains there today.
The Mummy of San Andres was found partially covered with goat skin sewn with strips of skin and tendons. This mummy was not embalmed, but rather naturally preserved within a cave.