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Bolivia: The Mysterious Sajama Lines

Source: Tercera Via - España 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.

Aerial photo showing the Sajama Lines Aerial photo showing the Sajama Lines

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 perceptible 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.

Photo of the Sajama National Park Photo of the Sajama National Park

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 arduous task was to create a message aimed at the skies.

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

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