Gutemala Stone Head

The Stone Head of Guatemala that History Wants to Forget


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.

By April Holloway


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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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