Mar 9, 2011

Archaeological Discoveries In Peru Suggest Ancients Even More Advanced

For many years, archaeologists have unearthed ruins and made other discoveries strongly indicating that ancient humankind was far more advanced than previously though.  Recent discoveries in Chankillo, Peru are certainly no exception.

The picture above depicts a 2,500 year-old solar observation site unearthed by archaeologist, Dr. Brian Cox.  From the point marked at the lower right hand portion of the picture, one can observe the sun rising through the niches in the monument.  According to an article in FreeThought Nation, the monument is thought to be part of a giant solar calendar, built by a civilization about which very little is known.

This sort of archaeological expedition is giving rise to an entirely new discipline, "astrotheology," which seeks to discover original religions among what are frequently referred to as "primitives." 

Dr. Cox's discovery at Chankillo, Peru, however, scuttles the notion that this particular civilization was "primitive."  Like modern-day society, the civilization at Chankillo was intensely interested in astronomy and the stars.  What their specific interest was, whether to measure time or some other purpose, is yet to be fully uncovered.

If you are interested in this subject, please check out the FreeThought Nation article, which also contains a video link to more information on the Chankillo discovery.  Many thanks to my friend Elle D'Coda over at Amplify.com for alerting me with her blog to this most interesting story.