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.
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: