Gutemala Stone Head

The Stone Head of Guatemala that History Wants to Forget

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Over half a century ago, deep in the jungles of Guatemala, a gigantic stone head was uncovered.  The face had fine features, thin lips and large nose and its face was directed up at the sky.  Unusually, the face demonstrated Caucasian features which were not consistent with any of the pre-Hispanic races of America.  The discovery rapidly attracted attention, but just as quickly it slipped away into the pages of forgotten history.

News of the discovery first emerged when Dr Oscar Rafael Padilla Lara, a doctor of philosophy, lawyer and notary, received a photograph of the head in 1987 along with a description that the photograph was taken in the 1950s by the owner of the land where the head was found and that it was located “somewhere in the jungles of Guatemala”. 

The photograph and story was printed in a small article in the newsletter ‘Ancient Skies’, which was picked up and read by well-known explorer and author David Hatcher Childress , one of our guest authors at, who sought out to discover more about the mysterious stone head. He tracked down Dr Padilla who reported that he found the owners of the property, the Biener family, on which the monolith was found. The site was 10 kilometres from a small village in La Democracia in the south of Guatemala.

However, Dr Padilla said that he was in despair when he reached the site and found that the site had been obliterated: “It was destroyed by revolutionaries about ten years ago. We had located the statue too late. It was used as target practice by anti-government rebels. This totally disfigured it, sort of like the way the Sphinx in Egypt had its nose shot off by the Turks, only worse,” he said.  The eyes, nose and mouth had completely gone. Padilla was able to measure its height as between 4 and 6 metres, with the head resting on a neck. Padilla did not return again to the site due to armed attacks between government forces and rebel forces in the area. 

The destruction of the head meant the story died a rapid death until it was picked up again a few years ago by filmmakers behind “ Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond ” who used the photograph to claim that extra-terrestrials have had contact with past civilisations. The producer published a document written by Guatemalan archaeologist Hector E Majia who wrote: "I certify that this monument presents no characteristics of Maya, Nahuatl, Olmec or any other pre-Hispanic civilization. It was created by an extraordinary and superior civilization with awesome knowledge of which there is no record of existence on this planet."

However, far from helping the cause and the investigation into the monolith, this publication only served to have the opposite effect, throwing the whole story into the hands of a justifiably sceptical audience who thought that it was all just a publicity stunt. Even the letter itself has been drawn into question with some saying that it is not genuine. 

Nevertheless, it appears the giant head did exist and there is no evidence to suggest the original photograph is not authentic or that Dr Padilla’s account was false.  So assuming it was real, the questions remain: Where did it come from? Who made it? And why?

The region where the stone head was reported to have been found, La Democracia, is actually already famous for stone heads which, like the stone head found in the jungle, also face skyward.  These are known to have been created by the Olmec civilisation, which flourished between 1400 and 400 BC.  The Olmec heartland was the area in the Gulf of Mexico lowlands, however, Olmec-style artefacts, designs, monuments and iconography have been found in sites hundreds of kilometres outside the Olmec heartland, including La Democracia. 

Nevertheless, the stone head depicted in the 1950s photograph does not share the same features or style as the Olmec heads.  The late Phillip Coppens , Belgian author, radio host and TV commentator on matters of alternative history raised the question of whether the head “is an anomaly of the Olmec period, or whether it is part of another – unknown – culture that predated or post-dated the Olmecs, and whose only artefact identified so far is the Padilla head”.

Other questions that have been posed include whether the structure was just a head, or whether there was a body underneath, like the Easter Island statues , and whether the stone head is linked to any other structures in the region.  It would be nice to know the answers to these questions but sadly it appears the publicity surrounding the film “Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond” only served to bury the story deeper into the pages of history.  Hopefully an ambitious explorer will pick up the story once again and investigate further to find the truth regarding this enigmatic monument.



why is every ancient statue either left here my martians or are an ancient cultures depiction of a martian. you know people were not mentally incapable of imaginative art in ancient times. do ypu people think that humans only grew brains in the las 200 years?

It's only you that has mentioned Martians. Crank.

it's more likely that a traveller from a european back ground stumbled upon this region and the locals made a statue of him because he was so different in features to them

There are other anomalous carving of the Olmec. My favorite is "the Wrestler", in the Mexican National Museum. It depicts a seated figure with a 'bullet' shaped, bald head, and a LUXURIOUS BEARD. Just a reminder, like Asian people, native Americans, are not noted for thick beards.

Try googling Ainu images. These people look European and have luxurious beards. However, the genetics proves that they are Asian, not European. Some anthropologists suggest that Kennewick Man, discovered in Oregon, is related to the Ainu. Further genetic tests are underway.

Kennewick Man was found along the western bank of the Columbia River within the city limits of Kennewick, Washington.

Like anything hard to explain, they thought it was a god.

Yeah, but unless this happened post-conquest by Europeans, then a major point is that if it happened before the accepted timeline for arrival of Europeans, AND actually shows a European person, then this would violate the mainstream history of at least Central America. It would support the idea that Europeans had been there earlier or conversely, Central Americans had been to a place with Europeans.

Your postulation is both improbable and implausible

it is neither improbable or implausible for ancient Europeans to have crossed the north Atlantic by small boat just as the immigration to west coast of America was populated by boat people sailing through the seaweed forests giving them fish and mammals to eat. water was not a wall or a stopping point, water was a highway. before you say something like this, you know limiting ancient peoples capabilities, remember, primitive doesn't equal stupid. or ask yourself why was Easter Island populated, that's both improbable and implausible but they are there. rev.

Your suggestion isn't very likely. That's unless of course there's a history of these " locals " carving huge megalithic stone works of fascinating geometric detail. Or any type of geometrically accurate stone works of any deception and size.

But there isn't...

Doubt very seriously the " locals " are capable of it even today

finally. logic speaks.

Weak. Very weak. Do you have any idea how much effort and time it takes to carve something like that? You really think that people would expend a large amount of both just to depict someone they say who didn't look like them???

See "Before Columbus" by Cyrus H. Gordon, a prominent archaeologist and linguist.

OK, so they've supposedly found the location. Are there any other statues near there or rock formations? The smooth features are a red flag for me, and the lack of vegetation around the statue compared to it's surroundings is also suspect. How about a photo of what the statue looks like now, and the composition of the rock?

I agree with the red flag call, looks very sketchy. Were other statues or heads destroyed by the rebels? Was destroying ancient stone works typical behavior for the rebels?

What lack of vegetation? Are we looking at the same picture? The statue is surrounded in vegetation; the entire side and back are surrounded in vegetation. If you're referring to the face not being covered in vegetation, don't you think it's likely, nay, logical that they removed some of the vegetation in order to photograph it? Makes sense to me..

No new photos of it?

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Not that I know of! 

I am open to aliens and other intelligent life forms in the universe, I am open to the idea that they may have visited here in the path and could of had an influence on mankind. However we can not label everything we do not nderstand as alien encounters or something created by extraterrestials. There is so much uncovered history and so many topics we do not know enough about or know anything at all and if we label it Aliens then we may never know the truthl. It could have been aliens by why would they create a face looking up, could it have been a civiliation or tribe that is long gone, and we know nothing of them because we have no records or so few records of them. Some things may have been done my life froms not of this world, but a lot of could be from people we have yet to discover. Even in the 1950's there were tribes of people in this world that we just discovered and no little about, this poses the question of who else is out there waiting to be found.

Use this link instead of the one posted above. This is so awesome!!!

"deep in the jungles of Guatemala, a gigantic stone head was uncovered",


The jungle must have been pretty dense , if not, the head would hve been noticed before. 

Yet a car could go there?

Sunny Young

I'm commenting here almost a year late but hopefully I'll get a response. The thing that surprises me about these archeologists (professional or otherwise) is that regardless of whether its the stone head ring of La Democracia, the lone head in the Guatemalan jungle, the Easter Island statues or the column-figures of Gobekli Tepe, these same people note the heads are pointing skyward but hardly mention exactly WHERE these figures are looking up in the sky. Is it the sun or moon during a particular time of month? A specific star or star constellation? Considering what these 'Ancient Alien' types are trying to prove it surprises me greatly that they don't take the time to actually follow these sculptures' line of vision for a few days & nights throughout a given year in order to support their claims. Pay a trusted local to do it if the travel costs are too prohibitive.

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Yes that would indeed be an interesting aspect to research! I have never heard of this being done before.

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Ancient people were obsessed with the sky, building huge monuments to mimic certain constellations, or to mark particular days (mainly equinoxies and solstices). We are always told that this was originally because of the importance of the heavenly bodies to mark the seasons for planting crops, but this seems far too simplistic to me. Any farmer would know when to plant simply by observing the changing of the landscape and weather. You don't need stars for that, and you certainly don't need rows of gigantic statues staring out to sea or at the sky, or vast cities marked out like constellations. It seems that something significant happened around the time (or times) when all of these monuments were built, and people wanted to mark the occasion with these enigmatic constructions built to wild proportions. So, yes, it would be interesting to know which particular part of the sky that statue was observing. Perhaps whatever happened came from that region of space.

I would also like to know where the rest of the statue might be. We are told only of a head a neck, but many Easter Island statues show only their heads and it turns out they have bodies that are completely buried under the ground. I am betting that, if there is a body still buried beneath the ground, that it has its hands crossed over its the statues at Easter Island, Tihuanacu, La Paz,  Gobekli Tepe, and many other places.

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Could be from a very ancient civilization. I read about 15 sq. miles of towns and villages (thought to be 1,000 years old) linked to a system of parrallel highways uncovered in the Brazilian rain forest near Xinguano. We tend to think if it wasn’t us, it must be aliens, but it’s entirely possible that older, more sophisticated civilizations existed before us and disappeared. Writing isn’t the only sign of civilization. We keep thinking if they didn’t leave written words or pictures, they couldn’t have been sophisticated. But, maybe we should think outside the box occasionally. As for the Caucasian features looking upward, my first reaction was a Buddha. Granted, I am more curious student than expert!


Patricia Goodwin

I wondered if this depicted Quetzalcoatl, who sounds like he could have been a previous Buddha.

I totally agree with your comment, a subject that many just seem to dismiss. Taking the age of the Earth we as humans are just a pencil mark on the ruler of time. With the discovery of 'Ooparts', that most of our 'learnered class' just say it is just a hoax.
Our own civilization would not last a hundred thousand years, think about it. How many civilizations could have risen and fell in only a time span of two million years?
Some believe that the Moon was/is a ship, why did it 'ring hollow', why haven't we continued exploration? What better way to move around the depth on space shielded from radiation?
Look to the "Creators Map" found in Russia.

We need to look and focus at a much longer timespan, dinosaurs roamed the earth for sixty six million years, give or take a few years, yet I have seen footprints of humans and dinosaurs laid down together. Underground cities, tunnels that are man made that lead deep into the Earth who made them and why?
Admiral Byrd, did he really go inside 'The Hollow Earth'?

"...well-known explorer and author David Hatcher Childress," might be one of your guest authors...but he does NOTHING for your credibility! He and Bill Birnes are co-founders of the school of "I'll believe in, and swear to, the authenticity of ANYTHING ANYONE tells me."

Don't get me wrong, they seem like nice guys...but it takes more than that to be a good researcher. You NEED to be healthily skeptical or the kooks and scammers will have their way with you. Sadly, these dedicated guys end up looking like clowns once they get talking...

It's also possible that the statue was carved by the least talented of the Olmec sculptors who just wasn't able to get the local faces right :) Sad that it was destroyed :(

"Caucasian features" ... Explain yourself, BECAUSE, you can find those features almost throughout Somalia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Nubia, India, etc. So you lost me there with the "Caucasian features".

Yes ...because once all these were inhabited by White Races...

The old lie about the Turks disfiguring the sphinx make me doubt the rest of the article.

Stewart Herring: Today was the first time I ever heard about Turks disfiguring the Sphinx. So if they didn't do it, do you know who did? Dang! You get a little gem and ten minutes later, somebody debunks it.

This is an article from Jason Colavito which I partly quote:

"But let’s not tar Childress unfairly. He dutifully reports that American archaeologist Lee A. Parsons solved the mystery of the stone head in question long before Padilla received his mysterious photograph of it. In 1991 Childress didn’t know the source of Parsons’ article, but I do: “A Pseudo Pre-Columbian Colossal Stone Head on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala,” Proceedings of the International Congress of Americanists (41st session, Mexico, 1974) vol. 1, pp. 519-521.

"The head had been carved from soft volcanic pumice by a farm administrator near Las Victorias in April of 1936, possibly modeled on the colossal heads of Easter Island or Mount Rushmore. It was meant as a monument to his deceased wife and marked with a plaque bearing the date of construction. (Childress thinks the face too mannish to be a woman.) The Carnegie Institution reconnaissance survey of 1941-1942 visited the statue and found the plaque (visible in survey photos viewed by Parsons), and even met with people who had seen it carved, but when Parsons visited the site in 1970 (as he reported in 1974), the head lacked its plaque and was covered in vines. It had already eroded due to the wet climate and soft, porous nature of the volcanic rick. An intermediate stage is clearly visible in Padilla’s photo, which includes some vines. (Though, for all I know, the Padilla photo is actually one of the 1941 photographs.)

"Parsons’ description of the statue is an exact match for Padilla’s photograph, and most later writers admit they are one and the same. In fact, Parsons, in writing up the head, specifically warned about the potential for confusing the monument for an ancient site:

' Whatever the inspiration, its very existence could confound future archaeologists and lead to unwarranted explanations of transpacific contact or even mysterious Pre-Columbian megalithic complexes. Anticipating such interpretations, I have titled this paper a ‘pseudo’ Pre-Columbian colossal stone head, actually there was no intention whatsoever to defraud, but through the years the sculpture has become increasingly difficult to identify. Therefore, it is here recorded that the Las Victorias stone head is recent, having been carved in 1936. Further it has no meaningful relationship to any American Indian, living or dead. I regret that I am unable to supply the name of the Guatemalan for whom the monument is a true modern memorial.'

"Does it surprise anyone that none of Childress’s successors read this far in his discussion?"

Thankyou Don Pepe,
This information corroborates the story I remember reading about the origin of the Guatemala head, and I'm sure I recall I read it in one of Hatcher-Childress's books.

The man who asked for the statue to be maid is Don Emilio Molina. This info was found in the museum of Retalhuleu.

Hello Don Pepe!

I sincerely appreciate that “someone” knows the TRUTH and is willing to share it with everyone else!

NOW “IF” only we can get our governments, scientists, and “Institutes of Higher Learning” (the Pharisees of Yesterday), to do the same...Aaaahhh, nevermind!




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Cheers Don,

Nice to read your information giving light to shady theories.

What do you know about the Piri Reis Maps, there is a thread here that doesn’t harmonise with the original intentions?

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Westover Airforce Base

SUBJECT: Admiral Piri Reis World Map

To: Professor Charles H. Hapgood,
Keene College,
Keene, New Hampshire.

Dear Professor Hapgood,
Your request for evaluation of certain unusual features of the Piri Reis World Map of 1513 by this organization has been reviewed.
The claim that the lower part of the map portrays the Princess Martha Coast of Queen Maud Land Antarctica, and the Palmer Peninsula, is reasonable. We find this is the most logical and in all probability the correct interpretation of the map.
The geographical detail shown in the lower part of the map agrees very remarkably with the results of the seismic profile made across the top of the ice-cap by the Swedish-British Antarctic Expedition of 1949. This indicates the coastline had been mapped before it was covered by the ice-cap.

The ice-cap in this region is now about a mile thick.

We have no idea how the data on this map can be reconciled with the supposed state of geographical knowledge in 1513.

Lt Colonel, USAF

That pretty much settles the matter for me. The military has the best cartographers in the world, they know what they are talking about.

OK, so the modern origin of the above sounds right. Before I got to that entry, i was thinking about the Vikings who navigated across the north Atlantic and travelled down the east coast, how far?
Also,the Basques had a source of cod that they kept secret but which is now thought to be the east coast. There are some artefacts that don't fit the known local traditions.

The Yamacutah Shrine in Jackson County, GA contained a stone statue with an almost identical face. According to Creek Indian tradition, the large shrine was built to mark the spot where "God" disappeared before the eyes of the people. Again, according to Creek tradition, "God" had appeared nearby a few months earlier and taught the Creeks how to live together in harmony, our writing system, high mathematics, the nature of the universe, etc. I am more inclined to believe that this being was either an extraterrestrial or an angel - not the Master of Breath, himself. Sorry archaeologists . . . unlike you, we are not atheists.

NASA has found that Orion's nebula is a interstellar nursery. The Pyramids in south America, Africa and China are aligned with Orion's belt Also if you pin out the country locations they also aligned in the pattern of Orion.>

Easter island has burial mounds also aliened with three stars in Orion's belt. How did people in lands thousands of miles from each other come up with the idea to align their burial mounds if Jesus did not teach them, as accordion to the book of Mormon Jesus appeared and taught to all nations

Joseph Smith believed Kolob (correct spelling Kochab) God dwells within. Also the notches leading out of the Gaza pyramid aliment when built pointed out towards Orion and Kochab.?> Three thousand years ago, this star marked Earth's Northern Celestial Pole, but shifts in the planet's position have seen the Pole move away from Kochab and towards Polaris.

Beta Ursae Minoris is named Kochab, an Arabic name of unclear origins. It is a K4 orange giant, with a magnitude of 2.07, 131 light years away. Kochab is one of two stars that form the front of the Little Dipper, and are known as the "Guardians of the Pole.

The wind-shak'd surge, with high and monstrous mane
Seems to cast water on the burning Bear,
and quench the guards of th' ever fixed pole.
Shakespeare - Othello - Act 2, Scene 1

In 2014 a giant planet six times the size of Jupiter was confirmed in orbit around Kochab. The planet is large enough to have small planet/moons of its own, and it's a pretty safe bet that it does. It's always a special thrill to be able to look up at a big, bright star that you know has at least one large, confirmed planet, and who knows how many smaller planets and moons, and wonder if there might be some sort of life up there, growing, evolving, maybe even looking back at us.

As per article, Extraterrestrial may refer to any object or being beyond (extra-) the planet Earth (terrestrial). It is derived from the Latin words extra ("outside", "outwards") and terrestris ("earthly", "of or relating to the Earth").

Google "world pyramids alignment " and ( Google "kochab star pyramids"

The Hopi in Arizona aliened their villages with Orion's belt.

It is ignorant to claim that there no pre-Hispanic record exists of people with caucasiod features in the region. All one can claim is that they have not yet found such a record.

more evidence for the Book of Mormon....

ATLANTIS.....The stone face is looking up at the sky because a ASTEROID hit the Atlantic Ocean 11,500 years ago and Easter Island is why there statues also look up.In rememberance of that day Holloween when Atlantis sank

I don't know the truth of this heads
I find this very weird
I am from Central America
And I own one this heads

This statue was modern work.
In Retalhuleu, Guatemala you can see a picture of is with the legend saying : "face sculpted in limestone for Don Emilio Molina in the finca (coffee plantations) of Las Victorias, in San Felipe Retalhuleu. The statue was called The Sleeping Woman (La mujer dormida). Was destroyed by time and barbary"
If you need proof, i can send a copy of the picture.

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