Hundreds and Hundreds of objects in the once-secret collection of Professor Cabrera.

Professor Cabrera’s Cabinet of Horrors: Secret Chambers and Shocking Artifacts with Controversial Origins

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The works of art seemed to tell a story. Are we capable of reading and understanding the clay sculptures like a book?

What appears to be a dinosaur sculpture in the collection of strange artifacts.

What appears to be a dinosaur sculpture in the collection of strange artifacts. (© Walter Langbein)


For many years, only the carved stones in Professor Cabrera’s collection were known. He kept the clay sculptures a secret. Thousands of stones, with many more thousands of engravings were exhibited in Cabrera’s museum in Ica, located at the Plaza de Armas , carrying oftentimes fantastical motifs.

Carved stone featuring bee or insect?

Carved stone featuring bee or insect? (© Walter Langbein)

Among others, they also depict highly complicated surgical procedures, but with an amount of fine detail that was impossible for the clay artists to give to their three-dimensional creations. The coarse clay simply did not allow for it. Therefore, artists evidently carved drawings into hard stone, with an incredible amount of recognizable details. Both the clay sculptures and the stone carvings repeatedly depict similar motifs; they would have been created at approximately the same time. But when?

In the summer of 1967, the Compania Minera Mauricio Hochschild carried out an investigation into the carved stones of Professor Cabrera’s collection. The geologist Dr Erik Wolf was in charge of analyzing the layer of oxidation that had formed on top or over the carving incisions, the engravings, and that laid inside the grooves; the drawings had become covered by a very thin natural ‘glaze’. There is no question about it: the engravings must therefore be older than the oxidation layer.

Masses of engraved stones in Professor Cabrera’s collection.

Masses of engraved stones in Professor Cabrera’s collection. (© Walter Langbein)

Even if it is nearly impossible to directly determine the age of the carvings, it is of great help to date the oxidation layer. The result reveals THE MINIMUM AGE of the drawings. In addition to Dr Erik Wolf, the Institut für Mineralogie und Petrographie an der Universität Bonn , also carried out tests. Result: the engravings must have been carved into the stone at least 12,000 years ago. They are therefore 12,000 years old…or older.

Walter J. Langbein is author of some 60 non-fiction books on mysteries of the world, many of which have become bestsellers in Europe.


Top Image: Hundreds and Hundreds of objects in the once-secret collection of Professor Cabrera. (Courtesy Walter-J. Langbein)

By Walter-J. Langbein

Translation by Marlies Bugmann


"A primitive human sacrifice for gods would not look like this." Well, why ? It looks really like a sacrifice - anciens americans were used to sacrifice humans to the gods by opening their chest and removing thier heart. Exactly what it's seen.

It's possible it is an operation but I agree it is more likely to be a sacrifice.... it was my first thought....

Well, Prof. Cabrera showed me several figurines in scenes, where the heart is put back into the chest and the chest ist closed again. And several engravings depict some kind of infusions. Those critics, who say, that those artifacts are fakes, claim, that hearttransplantations were known to the forgers. I was not allwoed to take as many pictures as I wanted.

humans are so curious of beings... if the relics are fakes then where is the army of fabricators and how large would that army be to have faked so many artifacts...i too am curious! funny though, in modern times a heart transplant does not extend life very long but clay and stone that has lasted many thousand of years depicting such brief moments of time.

There are several "drawings" and sculptures of the "sacrifide", some loook like as if some kind of infusion is applied. On others you see two tables. A heart is taken out of the breast of "patient" Nr. 1 and put into the chest or patient Nr. 2. Sacrifice? Peole staring through telescopes or a magnifying glass. Sacrifices? Then there are the sinousaurs with humans, again carved into stones and in form of little statuettes..


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