The Mysterious Holes of Peru: A Pre-Columbian Domestic Water Source for Trans-Oceanic Travelers? Part II
In Part I , Ancient Origins Guest Writer, William James Veall discussed why he believes his research has uncovered a viable solution to the long term "Mystery of the Peruvian Holes" - a band of some 7000 pits carved into a 20-meters-wide chain of porous limestone stretching north-south for almost a mile across the Cajamarquilla Plain above the small township of Humay, Peru, South America.
William Veall maintains that the band of holes served as a pre-Columbian rainwater collection and filtration system capable of supplying a stock of year-round, fresh, clean water, not only for domestic and horticultural use by the local community but, as his research seems to suggest, by Trans-Oceanic Traders in transit from the Mediterranean Region. Equally fascinated by the unique artistic embellishment carved along the 'Band of Holes', William decided to investigate.
Part II: Firstly, let me take you back to a comment I placed on the Viewzone website " The Mysterious Holes of Peru", a few years ago, and I quote:
These long lengths of ‘holes’ are the product of a 'Linear Inscriptive Art Form' whereby characters are formed by a series of linked holes 'pecked' into the surface of natural rock (subtractive) or by the converse- additive- whereby small rocks / stones are piled into small heaps on a level surface, of course, to create and represent characters or pictorials. (Veall 2002. Nasca Lines)
In my opinion and from research I carried out in 2004 on an aerial photograph of another Peruvian site; these very lengthy pictorial inscriptions may document historical facts; dates, voyages, conquests, dedications, provenance etc. Anticipate a date circa 800 - 600B.C. We must await the hand of the Epigrapher.
But, it was while surfing the "Band of Holes" using the Google Earth remote satellite that I made a completely 'mind blowing' discovery. Along one particular section of the honeycomb of cells (Stage 1 photo) I noticed quite distinctly that the very obvious geometric pattern of the holes had somehow diffused to form what could be hieroglyphs interspersed with some inscriptive characters; this, to say the least, was a massive surprise and totally unexpected.
The three stages that led to revealing the secret of the "Mysterious Holes of Peru"
Stage 1 The original remote satellite photograph captured by Google Earth, 8/10/2006 at an Eye Altitude of 266metres (800 feet). Latitude 13º 42’ 23.18”S Longitude 75º 52’ 28.44”W.
Stage 2 Patiently overprinting the satellite photograph, archaeologist William J. Veall was able to make the historic breakthrough which he claims helped to solve the mystery of Peru's infamous "Band of Holes'". Copyright William J Veall 7/2010
Stage 3 An artistic impression of Stage 2 clearly defining the 11 pictographs and 22 characters composing just a 200 meters length of the "Band of Holes'. Copyright William J. Veall. 7/2010
Taking the Stage 3 illustrations and beginning from the right; there is a very obvious 'flower' form followed by a gap of, as yet, unidentified imagery; this is followed by another almost identical 'flower' bordering the head of an feline, perhaps a lioness —similar to the 'Greek' image I discovered within the Nasca Lines. The last image is an arch-like construction. Immediately below this section is a feline image (perhaps a wild-cat?) next to another 'flower'. Ancient characters also appear at intervals along this section.
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The left section, right hand side, commences with a rather indistinct human head marked with an 'A' character. Separated by a row of three 'holes' is an absolutely incredible image. The semi-profile of, what I interpret to be, the head of a black African with his feathered tribal insignia. Next, set within a cartouche of 15 'holes' is the head of a creature (deer or eagle) set upon a row of three 'holes'; this so reminds me of an Aztec date sign.
Finally, separated by a row of four 'holes', is a human head inscribed on the neck with a character 'A'. Immediately below, that is, not on the band of Holes itself, are two faint impressions, a Gorgon and a bird-like image much like a Harpy Eagle. Ancient script characters also appear along this section.
It appears that the sculptors had actually used a subtle technique of light and shadow to convert a petroglyphic image into a pictograph when observed at the correct angle and orientation. Although I was able to achieve a somewhat similar effect by manipulating the Google Earth navigation tool, it will be necessary to carry out a quite complex series of observations to determine if the ancient artisans utilized solar or lunar shadow casting, or both. And, was the time of year and the corresponding shadow movement along the chain important?