Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Chile: Petroglyph Associated with UFOs?

Source: El Mercurio de Antofagasta and Fundacion Cosmos, A.C.
Date: 11/7/06

CHILE: Antofagasta - Petroglyph Associated With UFOs?

Excitement over startling image of being with oval-shaped head and long hands.

Impressive prehistoric evidence of the UFO presence in the region; it is possible to find various manifestations of it stone-age art at Talabre and Maria Elena

A strange petroglyph from the Talabre ravine, dating back to Atacaman prehistory, has stirred curiosity due to the presence of a strange being with an oval head, large eyes and long hands, which many have associated with a divinity or alien.

The petroglyphs are carved on surfaces oxidized by the passage of time and are associated with settlements near cemeteries or "gentilares", aside from places of worship in specific geographic sectors found in the vicinity of prehistory trails, a typical trait of inter-regional traffic.

Sotero Armeya, president of the village of Talabre, stated that this mysterious petroglyph has caught the attention of tourists and locals alike. He explained that this item is original "although we have no idea what its belongs to. The only problem is that its structure is being affected by problems related to the climate and geography."

Dagoberto Pena, professor of Eco-Tourism at Andres Bello University and a mountaineer who has climbed Mt. Everest, said that the image was discovered two years ago, photographed as evidence, and that it is accompanied by camelid designs. In his opinion it shows no signs of being an alteration or a prank, furthermore considering that it is located in a hard-to-reach area and that his students, who well-versed in the subject, are clearly aware of the patrimonial value of these prehistoric expressions.

On this subject, Claudio Castellon Gatica, the special representative of the Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales, said that the Taira designs are linked to Atacaman shepherds with a knowledge of astronomy, and who in turn are related to myths of the ancient Andean world. His chronology shows that these artistic expressions took place as of 2300 B.C. until the arrival of the Incas, when Taira shows a stylistic diversity associated with a long existence throughout time.

However, he acknowledges that the [design] is "an anthropomorphic figure superimposed over the Taira-styled models," thus believing that it could be an imitation, due to the fact that the "anthropomorphic design clearly shows a different style and technique from the ones behind it...the humanoid design is adapted to the space in the camelid's belly and the lines with which it was drawn are much thicker than those of the other designs. Finally, the drawing's edges show a much lesser antiquity than those of the camelids."


This site is located in the Upper Loa River Valley, in a sector known as Santa Barbara, which contains a series of petroglyphs that show an abundance of camelid shapes.

Translation (c) 2006, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to David Lara Cervantes.


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