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Sun and Earth Aligned: Ancient Andean Calendar is Illuminated on the Atacama Desert

by Ashley Cowie, Ancient Origins

On the winter solstice of 2017 a dedicated historian at Chile’s Pre-Columbian Art Museum in Santiago, Dr. Cecilia Sanhueza, was following a hunch in the Atacama Desert, Chile. She observed “a row of three cairns… and two square piles of stones, each about 1.2 meters (four feet) high” to see how they coordinated with the rising sun on the winter solstice. Her discovery that night is being heralded as big news, according to an article in The Economist. Continue reading Sun and Earth Aligned: Ancient Andean Calendar is Illuminated on the Atacama Desert