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.

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..

There are several "drawings" and sculptures of the "primitive sacrifice", some look 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? People staring through telescopes or a magnifying glass. Sacrifices? Then there are the dinousaurs with humans, again carved into stones and in form of little figurines..

It occurs to me Professor Cabrera had good reason to keep certain discoveries secret. Both Science and The Church have long histories of suppressing parts of history. Both for the same reason; orthodoxy and the fear what they believe and teach isn't true.

The professors artifacts will probably disappear the same way Father Crespi’s did.  Some “BANK” will buy them up and they’ll disappear from existence. 

@Osiris: I am affraid you are right. The figurines from the once secret collection - I was the very first writer, who was allowed to publish fotos in the 1990s - did disappear after Prof. Cabrera's death, just in time. The forces of an earthquake damaged the rest of the collection, broke stones with engraved pictures. I was told, that the figurines had not been damaged, but was not told, which place they were taken to.

"Prof. Cabrera (left) with Walter-Jörg Langbein (Photo by Ingeborg Diekmann)": The foto taken by Ingeborg Diekmann (Bremen, Germany) shows Prof. Cabrera and me, presenting him one of my books with fotos from the "secret" collection of figurines.

I visited Dr Cabreras in summer 94' as a undergrad. My impression was not sacrifice, but more of a scientific or medical purpose of the sculptures. With so many "stored" in a cave, my thoughts were they placed there as a knowledge library/archive ....they appear to me as instructional aids for learning, remembering and teaching.
I will not discount the idea that knowledge was more advanced than we ASSUME from today. Ethnocentricity or Techno-egotistical should be put aside in learning from out past.
I stand on the shoulders of giants, as Sir Newton once said of his contributions in science.
Love this site btw, I learn more here than I did in college...lmao.

@Dimarco: Thank you very much for your very interesting remarks and comments! Library/ archive in stone - fascinating idea!

I have a deep suspicion that this 'collection', just like a lot of the Crespi stuff, are fakes created because the locals knew that many Europeans have an intense interest in Archaeology & History & would buy anything they could present as an 'artifact'. But I would be prepared to be wrong if shown  proof of authenticity. It is just so weird that no 'real' Historians or Archaeologists seem to be interested at all !  These particular sculptures seem very crude & seem to perpetuate the heart-removal of some of the ancient groups in that area - Aztec, Inca ?   If you wanted to create something you could get cash for in that area, I would think a strange thing like these would be just the job ! However I would love to be proven wrong - it's all so fascinating !!!


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To decide they are fake, you have to ignore the oxidation and patina age studies which arrived at an approximate age of 12,000 BP as the minimum age, as well as take into consideration when these stones and statues began to come into the Doctor's possession. If I remember correctly, there are medical procedures as well as specific extinct animal types depicted on some of the stones which, at the time, had not yet been discovered.

Very interesting to ponder. Stone and clay survive for thousands of years, unmolested. I'm thinking there
is a 'tie-in' between these artifacts, and the ancient records regarding the DNA obsessions committed by the serpent culture that was instigated throughout the ancient world.

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As an archive of information, the stones and sculptures are brilliant. No lost, obscure, ancient faded or worn inscriptions to bang our heads against for decades. It is true that some of the sculptures have seemingly obscure meanings, but I think it will take far less work understanding them than it would to try and decode a twelve thousand year old dead language.

As most people realize all this stuff is of course FAKE !

The only reason the opinion they are fake came from a court case. He lent out some stones for testing, The GVT charged him with Antiquities export. The only way to avoid the 100 year prisoon sentence was to say he had them made. These criminal charges stemmed from the stones showing Humans riding Dinosaurs, and the Smithsonian put pressure on the GVT to charge him with the crimes. In the end they got what they wanted, an elimination of evidence against the Darwin evolutionary model. These works suggest, if looked at in entirety , Humans were developed from or manipulated with Frogs. Or one species of Hominoid that is gone. The Cone Heads and Giants are also show in the works. They numbered in the 100,000 's + the metal plates which were not in this article. Also , many things are made of Lydite ,Which is flint, and is impossible to carve with the finest machine today in the same manner as these finds were. See "Klaus Dona" lectures on youtube for more info .

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