The most unique ‘mysterious’ clock in the desert
used to give this information like a calendar
Archaeologists have given surprising information about Chankillo, the oldest observatory on the American continents.
- For decades researchers could not understand why it might have been used.
- The giant clock used to act like the Solar Observatory.
- Used to tell different times of the year.
Lima: Archaeologists have given surprising information about Chankillo, the oldest observatory on the American continents. Chankillo Observatory is 2,300 years old and the most unique observatory. It has also got the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
According to a study published in the year 2007, Chankillo observatory acted like a solar observatory and told about different times of the year.
- Used as a calendar
According to BBC Science Focus Magazine, it was built two thousand years before the Peruvian Incas civilization. It was completed in about 250-200 BC. This observatory of 13 stone towers atop a mountain was used as a calendar.
Chankillo has also been studied by archaeologists recently and they told that people used it for accurate astronomical calculations. With this, the movement of the sun and the solstice and equinox could be detected in the coming times. Then according to this the harvesting of crops and religious events were kept.
- sun worship
It is believed that the sun was also worshiped here. Such things have been found in the east and west of the towers, which indicate this. It had walls around it which were made of stone, mud and tree trunks. Only a part of it has been studied so far.
- time used to tell
However, it has also been said in the report that for decades researchers could not understand why it would have been used. This huge clock, which worked like the Solar Observatory, used to tell different times of the year.
According to the researchers, in September the sun was between the fifth and sixth towers and on December 21, it would go to the last tower.