Ancient Solar Observatory Discovered in Peru

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.”

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2 Responses

  1. Yosemite1967 says:

    Man, I hate how so many of these so-called “archeologists” can’t stop themselves from guessing at the ancient mindset and usage of archeological artifacts. Why can’t they just present us the facts and let us speculate for ourselves at what these artifacts might’ve been used for and what the ancients were thinking when they built them and used them?

    I guess that a little published speculation is OK, but to spend one sentence presenting facts and then go on and on, paragraph after paragraph, speculating about religious rites, etc., is an attempt to curb the thinking of the public–not a true desire to inform the public.

    Aren’t they supposed to be scientists? Like Columbo always said, “Just the facts, Ma’am!”

  2. Administrator says:

    Yosemite

    It’s true that they want to provide the “proper” context for you. When you and I speculate its called “speculation”. When science speculates its called “science”.

    God bless
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