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Ancient astronomy lab discovered in Peru


Posted on Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 | Comment icon 10 comments

Peru's ancient ruins are a popular destination for tourists. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Jordan Klein
Archaeologists have uncovered where Peru's ancient ancestors would have observed the heavens.
Some early civilizations are thought to have watched the night sky with awe, charting the heavens with incredible accuracy while building complex structures designed to observe and record the positions and alignments of the stars.

Now archaeologists excavating a complex in Licurnique, located in Peru's northern region, have unearthed what is believed to be an ancient "astronomical laboratory" dating back 3,500 to 4,000 years.

The discovery consists of a large flat stone on which carvings pertaining to astronomical observations had once been engraved. The petroglyphs would have been used to track the stars in the sky as well as to forecast the weather for the benefit of local farmers.

Source: IB Times | Comments (10)

Tags: Peru, Astronomy


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer on 29 July, 2014, 15:59
Those etching don't look like any type of star to me. One in the lower left side kinda looks like a UFO, though
Comment icon #2 Posted by jarjarbinks on 29 July, 2014, 23:18
4000 years ago ? if it's true,that's a great finding
Comment icon #3 Posted by Rose-Red Howler on 30 July, 2014, 0:21
This is brilliant.
Comment icon #4 Posted by magikgoddess on 30 July, 2014, 2:30
Very neat.
Comment icon #5 Posted by coolguy on 30 July, 2014, 3:24
Very cool,this is a great find
Comment icon #6 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 30 July, 2014, 10:54
Most ancient civilizations have been known to study astrology. Some of them left monuments that still marks certain stars, constellations, etc. The night sky has been the focus of great interest over eons. Internet wasn't a thing back then hehe.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Dark_Grey on 30 July, 2014, 16:19
I wonder what ramifications, if any, are had by disconnecting ourselves from the night sky with all this light pollution. Seriously. This is the first time in human history we aren't getting the full effect of seeing the milky way and the billions of stars flowing through and around it.
Comment icon #8 Posted by RaymondEternal on 4 August, 2014, 13:36
Because ancient civilization has been contacting et's
Comment icon #9 Posted by Drfeelgood11 on 6 August, 2014, 14:49
Man just to knkw that ancient ppl knew the things did is kind of baffling....HOW!?


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