Archive for March 6th, 2007

Ancient Solar Observatory Discovered in Peru

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Mar 06 2007

The oldest solar observatory in the Americas has been found, suggesting the existence of early, sophisticated Sun cults, scientists report.

It comprises a group of 2,300-year-old structures, known as the Thirteen Towers, which are found in the Chankillo archaeological site, Peru.

The towers span the annual rising and setting arcs of the Sun, providing a solar calendar to mark special dates. The study is published in the journal Science.

 Clive Ruggles, professor of archaeoastronomy at Leicester University, UK, said: “These towers have been known to exist for a century or so. It seems extraordinary that nobody really recognised them for what they were for so long.

“I was gobsmacked when I saw them for the first time – the array of towers covers the entire solar arc.”

Click Here to Read Article