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The Eco Stones of Peru: A Controversial Discovery in Archaeology

By Abdul Hannan SaifPublished 2 months ago 4 min read

Every now and then, a new discovery causes a massive uproar in the fascinating field of archaeology. Some artifacts that have been found on Earth usually become the subject of intense debates because mainstream scientists have intimately questioned their authenticity while usually, another alternative field passionately insists that they are significant and even groundbreaking finds. However, there are rare instances when experts from various fields of study fight over the same objects to prove their respective and different theories. Examples of such curious relics aren't the controversial because stones of Peru, which will be our topic in this article.

First, a little background. The Eco stones pertain to a vast collection of andesite stones with intricately carved images, which were purportedly discovered in the Inca province of Peru. There are supposedly more than 10,000 of these stones, and they come in different sizes, from tiny pebbles to large boulders, and the diagrams scratched on the stone services also differ in terms of their complexity. What's really interesting about these stones is that some of them have simple images of flowers, fish, and other animals, including extinct ones such as several species of extinct dinosaurs. Other stones feature maps, mythical monsters and beasts, and even depictions of highly advanced medical procedures such as organ transplants and open-heart surgery. There are also portrayals of advanced technology, including men looking through telescopes and flying objects. The designs of these carved andesite stones are said to be in the style of pre-Columbian cultures such as the Inca, Nazca, and the poorest.

Now, let's look at how these stones were said to be discovered. The history of Peruvian culture dates back several thousand years, and for the past few centuries, archaeologists and other scholars have been primarily concerned with unlocking its secrets. However, out of all these scholars who thoroughly studied the region, no one reported discovering andesite stones like the Inca stones. Though several collectors endeavored to search ancient cemeteries for these engraved stones, the one credited the most for their discovery is a Peruvian physician and collector named Javier Cabrera.

Cabrera's initial stone collection was an inheritance from his father, who started the habit of collecting them back in the 1930s. Growing up with a passion to learn about Peruvian history, Cabrera decided to expand his father's collection by purchasing more of these precious andesite stones. It was in 1966 that he was shown a special stone that really caught his attention. Cabrera believed that this stone featured the image of a species of fish that was long extinct from dinner. He continued to acquire more stones, specifically from a farmer named Basilio Shuya, who told the collector that he had found an abundant source of these carved stones inside a hidden cave somewhere near the Nikah River. However, he refused to reveal the exact location of this secret cave but told Cabrera that he was willing to sell him several thousand of these andesite stones.

By the 1970s, Cabrera's stone collection drastically increased up to eleven thousand stones. Because of the very peculiar carvings on the stones, people's interest in them eventually grew, and Cabrera decided to abandon his career as a physician to focus on studying and promoting the stones. He even opened his museum in 1996, where he displayed thousands of the Eco stones he had collected over the years. Cabrera was so passionate about the stones and fascinated with their meanings and origins that he even published a book about them. In his written text entitled "The Message of the Engraved Stones of Iike," he discussed his theories about the Eco stones, arguing that they are tangible evidence that humans actually came from a different planet, and that mankind is at least 405 million years old. He referred to these extraterrestrial humans as "gluto-lithic minun," and they supposedly created earth-residing humans from highly intelligent primates by transplanting cognitive codes in their brains.

Other than Cabrera's theories about the Eco stones, archaeological experts who support creationism bring up the same stones as evidence against evolution. To these creationists, since many of the stones feature images of dinosaurs, this could mean that humans in the distant past coexisted with these colossal reptiles at some point. Of course, this goes against the theory of evolution, which says that dinosaurs roamed the earth 65 million years before humans ever did. But on the other side, to skeptics and proponents of mainstream archaeology, the Eco stones are hardly taken seriously. While they acknowledge that there is much public interest surrounding these alleged Peruvian artifacts, they refuse to acknowledge their archaeological merits.

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