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Bolivia's Mysterious Sajama Lines

From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul>
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 14:16:18 -0500
Archived: Wed, 07 Nov 2007 09:35:49 -0500
Subject: Bolivia's Mysterious Sajama Lines

Source: Tercera Via - Espana and ForoPaleoSETI


Date: November 5, 2007

Bolivia: The Mysterious Sajama Lines

The earliest mentions of the Sajama Lines known in the west
appear in a study conducted by Aime Felix Tscheffely around
1932. The area is located in the modern Sajama National Park in
the Republic of Bolivia, commanding an expanse of several
thousand square miles of the altiplano (although a greater
extension is not discarded) where we can find an extensive
network of lines and roads created as a result of arduous
technical extraction, consisting in the removal of vegetation,
oxidized rock and stones from the surface to leave the lighter
soil exposed, normally having a brighter shade. Archaeologists
have not yet been able to determine the approximate date that
these geoglyphs were created.

Many of these lines reach lengths of 20 kilometers, although it
is believed that some of them achieve even greater distances.
They commonly go unnoticed at the surface level and are only
preceptible from the hilltops, and on some occasions only from
the air. Some of them are incredibly straight, in spite of the
rough topography of the soil and the numerous natural obstacles.
Their width ranges between one and three meters and on many
occasions, a series of lines radiates or converges upon a common
center, marking what  some researchers believe were the sacred
sites of the ancient dwellers of this land. It also happens that
some of these lines have been used to connect modern communities
and they traverse small "cities of the dead" known as chullpas
or "burial towers"

The natives call these lines or roads "ceques" and up to now,
researchers have tallied up 436 routes (the actual number is
believed to be much greater) that go off in different
directions. Some of them are currently "processional routes"
having a great religious and ceremonial value in the region.
Some theories posit that the lines have astrological
significance, such as marking the position of the Sun as it
rises or sets during the summer solstice or the equinoxes, or
the position of the Pleyades when they first rise over the
Andean sky. As we can see, it differs little from what
archaeologists have said about similar locations, such as Nazca
in Peru or Atacama in Chile, where religious motifs and
agricultural needs are the reason for their existence.

Regardless of the reasons given by archaeologists for the
existence of places like Sajama, the fact remains that no one
has been able to develop a sufficiently reasonable hypothesis to
explain the reason why a primitive culture in antiquity, and
with a scarcity of means, devoted a considerable part of its
resources in building these apparently meaningless lines, and
that once again, the main goal of such an ardous task was to
create a message aimed at the skies.


Translation (c) 2007 S. Corrales, IHU
Special thanks to Cesar Reyes, ForoPaleoSETI

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