Miles-long band of mysterious and unexplained holes in Pisco Valley - Peru

Miles-long band of mysterious and unexplained holes in Pisco Valley, Peru

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A mysterious site spans the landscape of Pisco Valley, Peru. On the same plateau where the famous Nazca Lines are found, thousands of holes have been carved into rock, creating a band that stretches further than a mile. It is unknown who carved these holes, or why they were created, but it is clear that this vast creation must have been a painstaking job, requiring many hours of manpower.

The band of holes in Pisco Valley, Peru literally contains thousands of holes. Described as “man-sized,” these holes are approximately a meter wide, and one to two meters deep. Some of the holes are quite shallow, giving the appearance that they had not yet been completed. They were carved into a band, approximately 8-10 holes wide, and span a mile across a rugged mountain terrain. The number of holes is estimated to be around 6,900. Some of the holes are lined up with precision, while others appear more staggered. It is estimated that it took decades to chip the stone away to reveal the band of holes, but it is unknown why this task was undertaken. Today’s inhabitants of the area do not know how the holes were created, why they were created, or who created them.

The mysterious holes of Pisco Valley, Peru

The mysterious holes of Pisco Valley, Peru. (CC BY 3.0)

There have not been any artifacts uncovered to reveal any further information about the holes. Some believe that because the holes are “man-sized,” that they may be some sort of vertical grave, intended for burying the dead. However, this has not been substantiated by the recovery of any bones, artifacts, or other human remains to indicate a burial site. Some archaeologists have theorized that the holes were dug to store grain, and other essentials. Considering the quantity of holes, and the depth of each hole, it is likely that any civilization would have been able to store a great volume of grain. However, this theory has been criticized. Storage containers for grain could have been built with much more ease than the efforts required to carve the holes into the rock. For that reason, it is unlikely that any inhabitant would take on the arduous task of carving the holes if there were a better way to accomplish their storage goals.

Screenshot from Google Maps showing long band of holes at left, and indications of a settlement to the right

Screenshot from Google Maps showing long band of holes at left, and indications of a settlement to the right.  Credit: 2014 Google Imagery

While it is unknown who created the holes, they are clearly a man-made construction. A few miles to the east of the band of holes, satellite imagery reveals what appear to be the remnants of an ancient civilization. Although the area has not been identified as the location of a particular civilization, it closely resembles the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. The mystery of who created the holes, and for what purpose, may be solved by further exploring what may be the remnants of a nearby ancient settlement.

Few other clues about the holes have been uncovered. The band of holes covers a mile of rocky mountain terrain, with a well-defined beginning and ending point. The ending point has brought forth some speculation due to its odd appearance. The band abruptly comes to an end near an area of land that has an unnaturally darkened color. Some have said that the darkened area appears to resemble an area that has been destroyed by an explosion. There have been alternative theories that the holes were created by extraterrestrial beings – perhaps ancient aliens who visited Earth, and left behind markings to help show where they had been.

Clearly, an image as striking as the band of holes in Pisco Valley, Peru is bound to bring forth many questions as to who created the holes, and why. We can be certain that such a labor-intensive creation must have held some sort of purpose for those creating it, although that purpose has left behind no indication of what it may have been. Not a single hair or tooth or artifact has been found to date to shed light upon this mysterious band, leaving it to be labeled as one of the unsolved mysteries of the world.

Featured image: The Band of Holes in Pisco Valley, Nazca Plateau, Peru (CC BY 3.0)


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We know so little.

We can only perceive the possibilities within the frame-work of our cultured paradigm, which is severly limited by our (indoctrinated) education.

if only we could expand our minds to encompass all possibilities, then and only then we may have the key to our survival after the coming total collapse of our civilis(z)ation.   

Coming to you soon. As if you didn't already know that the souffle is in the breeze.







A Similar arrangement of holes near the Roman Fort near Falkirk are identified as defensive pits in the book"Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History" by Alistair Moffat. Imagine trying to run across those holes in a battle, ... ouch!

nisa burkay's picture

Very interesting, I am very interested in"pre" history in Scotland and Ireland. I will read that book.


Nisa Carroll Burkay

Looks to me like they were built to break up an invading army. If you knew an army was coming this would be a great deterrent. Slow down advancement of your enemy. This would give the defending army an upper hand. Calvary would be slowed down and infantry advancements would be difficult and sloppy. Allowing the defending army to cut the enemy down before they could get the full force deployed. Siege equipment of any kind would be forced to move around and break up the enemy forces. It's actually great battle field tactics.

These holes look exactly like the pock marks of grave and ancient artifacts robbers. It has been a common occurrence once something valuable is found that some people will try to take advantage. Those holes look like the aftermath of such.

Roberto Peron's picture

I don't think these could be any form of pithouse as they are clearly too small in diameter.  I highly doubt they were graves as some sort of remains would have been found in them.  Since there were 6900 of them I wonder if they may have been some sort of shelters for people living in the area.  Shelters from what I do not know.  Of course, they could be something as simple as rain water collectors.

Additionally, I will agree with Guillaume, in that, yes there is a smell in the air as civilization continues in a state of decline.  We think the ancient people primitive but we might learn something from them that would aide our own survival if we would get out of our state of denial that "everything is ok" when, in fact, it is not ok.


HappyGilbert's picture

I had the same thought that they could have been created to collect rainwater.  They originaly could have been very smooth and maybe caught a bit of morning dew?  If it was as dry and barren as it looks now water would have been very important for there survival.

Happy Gilbert

Going on the assumption we share most, if not all traits, with ancients, then it is also possible we are looking at aberrated behavior. Some one who was well thought of otherwise but with a serious case of OCD could have started that and  it could have been kept up for a few generations. These holes could have a reason, just not a rational one. Granted, there are many, there is hard labor there and they were most definately deliberate, but they don't HAVE to make sense.

Considering it is on the top of a hillside where clouds would pass by, would it not seem reasonable that these containers could hold liquid water droplets from the morning dew/fog or light rains and thus, be a series of containers to hold small amounts of collected water? This is an arid region and water would be worth digging these holes for.

We could use them to insert Greenpeace protesters! Then they really would be at one with the Nazcans! Sorry. The image of all the orange puffer jackets sticking out of the ground amused me... And if there were enough we could write a message... 

Tsurugi's picture

This is the best idea, ever. You, sir, win the internets. All of them.

rbflooringinstall's picture

I'm sold on this idea.

Peace and Love,


I know, I'm the one who said the holes are the work of a nutcase( still could be so), but I have applied a different formula to the mystery and the outcome SOUNDS feasable.

    Say, for instance, you look at that band of holes as a pegboard, albeit on a very large scale, maybe large enough to be easily viewed by another party who has the power of flight. Now, say that the second party has a smaller copy of said pegboard, and, each peg position would coincide with a symbol, letter, vowel, etc. If the first party were to build bonfires within the preselected "pegholes", one could spell out complicated messages to the party  above....Kinda like optical morse code. I know, some one's  gonna say there was'nt enough firewood up there to make it happen but you dont know that for certain. Those people moved multi ton blocks of stone uphill, so a couple chords of wood here and there would surely be realistic.

Tsurugi's picture

When I first saw the Band of Holes, the first thing I thought of are all the ancient structures, carvings, and rock art that feature dot patterns that look very similar to the pattern of the Band.

I posted that idea somewhere(some forum or another) and received a lively round of cries of "poppycock" and "hogwash".
It was fun.

At first glance, it looks to me as though it could be a petroglyph of a snake...with later constructions/farming altering or destroying the definitive head/tail ends. The pits as a whole look like snakeskin and are arranged in a slender "snakish" body when viewed from the air.

rbflooringinstall's picture

Could they possibly be connected to the construction of the Nazca Lines?

Peace and Love,


I find that from an aerial view these bands of holes look like snake scales, like a serpent crossing the land......

Now, as the holes have different depths would a code of some sort be a way to get an idea across to the future, from the past? Say musical notes, six holes wide, different depth of holes, Hmmm...6900 holes long, quite the tune.

Roberto Peron's picture

The ideas presented about this being a representation of a snake could be correct as it appears to be such from the air.  Question then becomes who was up in the air back then to see it????


Rosco Jones's picture

Could be they had buried something in the past and couldn’t find where it was. ;-)



We never know what we don't know until eventually we do.
You know what I mean?

It looks like these holes are on a ridge from the photo? This is a possible explanation. Some aircraft have what are called vortex generators on the wings which work like the pits in a golf ball. By disturbing the air flowing over a curved surface the separation of the flow is delayed to a point further back along the curve which reduces the areodynamic drag of the wing or golf ball. If moist air was blowing over the ridge it might be possible to pull it down causing it to rain past the ridge?

I think that a search of strategically located areas in the vicinity of this construction will discover the artifacts of a great military conflict.
I believe these to be for the purpose of hiding a battalion of soldiers from an opposing army so that they would be caught between the main force and the hidden force. This surprise attack from high ground would have devastated the opponent if it didn't completely wipe them out!

Best reason for something so large is Fear or Hunger.

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