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Retiree Discovers Ancient Site in Chile Using Google Earth


In the centre of the Atacama Desert in South America, a remarkable finding has been made - the remains of what appear to be a 10,000 year old ancient site. What is even more remarkable, however, is that the discovery was made by Holly Ahlberg, a 79-year-old retiree, from her home in Sedona Shadows community, using little more than a computer and basic internet connection.

While exploring Google Earth, Ahlberg found a series of strange marking in the Atacama Desert, including a large series of grid-like patterns and roadways and some identifiable landmarks.  Ahlberg immediately contacted author and researcher Lloyd Pye, who assembled a small team to investigate, including explorer, Brien Foerster, and drone pilot, Jeff Taylor.

Using remote-controlled drone equipment with a camera, the team were able to acquire detailed aerial photos of the site, which is approximately 11 miles in length and 6 miles in width.

From the high resolution images and the data collected, it appears that the site, which Ahlberg calls ‘Nuevo Albergis’, is made up of ancient Inca roads and more than fifty Quanats, underground water canals which were apparently invented by the Sumerians in 5000BC. There are also the foundations of a circular structure. It is not yet known whether the site was a city or an advanced agricultural system.

It is likely that the site had not been discovered until now as the Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world and an unwelcome place for visitors, especially in the inland regions where the site is located.  It is also the case that satellite and aerial views allow for the discovery of sites which cannot be identified at ground level. “You would not notice it if you were there” Ahlberg said.

The site still holds many mysteries, which are waiting to be uncovered. Ahlberg has called for archaeologists and researchers to pay attention to the finding and to coordinate an excavation and exploration to discover what this site has to offer. 

By April Holloway

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April Holloway is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. For privacy reasons, she has previously written on Ancient Origins under the pen name April Holloway, but is now choosing to use her real name, Joanna Gillan.

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