2,500-year-old solar observatory in Peru reveals advanced culture

The wonderful archaeological discovery of recent years at Chankillo, Peru, is described by physicist Dr. Brian Cox in the BBC video linked below. As he describes and waits for the sun rising over the top of the hill, to be seen through the niches in the 2,500-year-old monument, Cox has a big grin, like this is the greatest thing he’s ever seen.

We astrotheologians and archaeoastronomy afficionados agree! That’s why we work so hard to bring attention to the world’s great astrotheological traditions that go hand in hand with these fantastic monuments, proving that ancient man was far more advanced than is commonly perceived.

We also maintain that these astronomically aligned archaeological ruins found globally, along with the myths symbolizing the knowledge encased therein, represent very important artifacts that need to be preserved.

Prof Brian Cox visits Chankillo solar calendar in Peru

Professor Brian Cox has visited a giant desert solar calendar in Peru in his quest to understand the nature of time in creating and ending the universe.

The 2,500-year-old solar calendar in Chankillo was built by a civilization of which very little is known.

Regarding Chankillo, Wikipedia states:

Chankillo is an ancient monumental complex in the Peruvian coastal desert… The ruins include the hilltop Chankillo fort, the nearby Thirteen Towers solar observatory, and residential and gathering areas. The Thirteen Towers are believed to have been a solar observatory built in the 4th century BC….

The Thirteen Towers of Chankillo course north to south along a ridge of a low hill and are regularly spaced, forming a “toothed” horizon with narrow gaps at regular intervals. To the east and west investigators found two observation points. From these vantages, the 300m long spread of the towers along the horizon corresponds very closely to the rising and setting positions of the Sun over the year. This suggests that some activities of the ancient civilization were regulated by a solar calendar.

You can find out much more about the subjects of archaeoastronomy, calendars and astrotheology in my Astrotheology Calendars and Calendar Guide.

Astrotheology of the Ancients
The Astrotheology Calendar Guide
The 2010 Astrotheology Calendar
The 2011 Astrotheology Calendar
Archaeology, Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy
Comparative Religion, Mythology & Astrotheology
What is a Mythicist?

Here’s another video with information about Chankillo and other fascinating sites:

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  1. Gee! ancient man was far more advanced the previously percieved??
    Now what might have gave them that idea??…purrrhaps the hundreds of pyramids littered across the globe??….I dont know, what you think??

  2. advanced civilizations
    I think that these advanced civilizations become too great a burdon on the common mass of people, who move on in droves to greener pastures.

  3. Censored
    I do wonder why my comment was censored in this alleged `FREE`-thought Nation????

    Somebody afraid of the truth, or are you a controlled misinfo channel????

    1. Nobody censored anything of yours, ThomasT. In fact, I see at least five of your comments as passed through.

      Perhaps your hysterical cries of persecution would be better used elsewhere.

  4. This isnt advanced
    Its only advanced if you consider ancient civilisations as retarded. Its a simple calender revolving around an observable event which is all they did back then…observe…without distraction

  5. Details please
    Who was it used, how accurate is it? Perhaps the science articles could have a few scientific facts or measurements? Just a thought.

  6. Mike S – LOOK IT UP!

    Yes, it’s still as accurate today as it was 2,500 years ago.

    [quote]Towers point to ancient Sun cult ([url]http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6408231.stm[/url]): The oldest solar observatory in the Americas has been found, suggesting the existence of early, sophisticated Sun cults, scientists report.” “4th Century BC”

    “The study is published in the journal Science. Clive Ruggles, professor of archaeoastronomy at Leicester University, UK, said:

    “So, on the summer solstice, which is in December in Peru, you would see the Sun just to the right of the right-most tower; for the winter solstice, in June, you would see the Sun rise to the left of the left-most tower; and in-between, the Sun would move up and down the horizon.””

    List of archaeoastronomical sites by country ([url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_archaeoastronomical_sites_sorted_by_country[/url])

    [quote]“At Stonehenge in England and Carnac in France, in Egypt and Yucatan, across the whole face of the earth are found mysterious ruins of ancient monuments, monuments with astronomical significants. These relics of other times are as accessible as the American Midwest and as remote as the jungles of Guatemala. Some of them were built according to celestial alignments; others were actually precision astronomical observatories… Careful observation of the celestial rhythms was compellingly important to early peoples, and their expertise, in some respects, was not equaled in Europe until three thousand years later.”

    - Dr. Edwin Krupp, “In Search of Ancient Astronomies,” astronomer and director at Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles ([url]http://www.griffithobs.org[/url])[/quote]

    Astrotheology of the Ancients ([url]http://stellarhousepublishing.com/astrotheology.html[/url])[/quote]

    ([url]http://www.freethoughtnation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=582[/url])

  7. Beautiful article. The Meso-Americans and South Americans were indeed far more advanced than ‘western’ civilization gives them credit for. 2500 years ago isn’t a long time in terms of South American History. Villages and ruins are being found in S.. American that date back over 10,000 yrs.

    However, for some of the most mind boggling of “how”‘s, little on earth can compare to Puma Punku.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AABPXvwevVA

    The stones are Diorite. Only thing that can touch ‘em is diamond.
    Give it up archaeologists! There’s NO WAY around this one. Absolute proof of advanced civilizations LONG before us.

    If mainstream archaeology tells us they used stone tools on Puma Punku, then we know for sure they’re being bought off by the Smithsonian.

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