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Mystery of the Ica Stones

Updated on October 6, 2016
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Ancient Rocks

The Ica stones are a collection of supposedly ancient rocks carved with images of dinosaurs and what seem to be people using advanced technology. The collection consists of approximately 15,000 stones of varying size…some as large as a basketball. They are carved with remarkable scenes of medical transplants, people riding dinosaurs, telescopes, and views of the planet Earth as it appeared 13 million years ago.

The Ica stone popularity began in 1996 with Dr. Javier Cabrera Darquea, a Peruvian physician. The doctor was presented a stone for his 42nd birthday with carvings of dinosaurs from a local farmer who claimed he found them in a cave. Cabrera said he had been captivated for many years with Peruvian history because his father had been collecting them from their plantation since the 1930’s.

Composed of Andesite

The stones are composed of andesite, an extrusive igneous, volcanic rock of intermediate composition.They are carved with scenes such as Incan or Aztec men riding and attacking dinosaurs, extinct animals, star and land maps and surgeons utilizing advanced surgical techniques. They are sometimes uncovered by archaeologists in pre-Hispanic tombs.

Cabrera left his medical career to open a museum showcasing the stones bringing the collection into the public lime light. By doing so, he also invited close scrutiny and inspection of the stones. The stones showed men hunting or struggling with a variety of monsters resembling Stegosaurs, Brontosaurs, Pterodactyls and other prehistoric animals. People are also shown using telescopes, looking at the stars and performing surgery."

Dr. Cabrera's Museum

Dr. Cabrera's museum is listed as a tourist site by the Peruvian National Chamber of Tourism. However, the authenticity of the stones has never been declared. According to the Chamber of Tourism, the museum has engraved stones allegedly depicting thousands of years of human history. Doctor Cabrera theorizes Ica was the seat of the first Peruvian culture.

Cabrera, a self proclaimed expert on volcanic stone as well as on extinct fish, said andesite was too hard to carve by mere mortals using stone tools. True, but they aren't carved. They are engraved meaning a surface layer of oxidation has been scratched away.

Dr. Cabrera's “expertise” on the stones seems to have come from his statement concerning a certain stone depicting an extinct fish. But it must be clarified here knowledge of extinct fish is beyond the scope of most physicians, even those who have studied biology.

The stones were allegedly discovered in a cave near Ica, Peru and are engraved with controversial depictions. Controversial because they call into question many things scientists took as fact.

In 1977, during a BBC documentary titled Pathway to the Gods, this same farmer who claimed to have found the stones in a cave, produced a "genuine" Ica stone with a dentist's drill and said he produced the appearance of age of some of the stones by baking them in cow dung.

Shortly thereafter, another BBC documentary was released with a skeptical analysis of the stones. The additional attention to the phenomenon forced the farmer, under threat of arrest, to renounce his claim he had found them and admitted they were hoaxes. He had no choice since sale of such antiquities is against Peruvian law. By way of explanation he said "Making these stones is easier than farming the land." However, he continued selling similar stones to tourists as trinkets. The forged stones continued to be made and carved by other artists as well.

In 1998, after four years of intense investigation, Spanish investigator Vicente Paris declared the stones a hoax. He cited traces of modern paints and abrasives in the engravings. Also, as most of the stones were found in rivers or other outdoor places, the engravings should have been substantially eroded if the stones were as old as claimed. Paris stopped short of concluding all the stones were fakes stating it is impossible to say all the stones were frauds.

Why weren’t the stones simply carbon dated to settle the matter? The stones cannot be dated due to a lack of organic deposits. Stones without organic material in them can only be dated by using organic material in the strata in which they are found. And since they came from some mystery cave, never identified, there was no way to date them.

Nonetheless, some groups have struggled to prove the stones are authentic. First there are those believing in extraterrestrials, then fundamentalist creationists who long to find possible errors made by anthropologists, archaeologists and the rest of the scientific community. And lastly, historians who claim ancient myths are accurate historical records.

Those believing in extraterrestrials and Creationists argue the depiction of an extinct fish proves Indians who made these stones were given information by aliens about extinct fish or extinctions of animals like this fish millions of years in the past are clearly wrong. Additionally, myth supporting historians suggest, since the stones depict men attacking monsters, they must have existed.

In either case, this would mean humans existed during the Jurassic period or dinosaurs existed until very recently and evolutionists are wrong.

So how is it no one has ever found any other evidence of this great civilization depicted on the stones? Such a society should have left some other remnants of their existence. But this civilization, vanished without a trace, except for the stones.


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    • whalefeather2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Vrry interesting!

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      John Young 

      8 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Well, thanks Mam, shucks...much obliged. I love you too!

    • Lucky Cats profile image


      8 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Another very interesting hub about a topic I had no prior knowlege of. I hadn't heard of these stones. So very informative, JY..and, as always, excellent writing skills and a very easy read. I like that your writing is factual and not laden w/opinion, emotion like..well, like mine are!! Thank you!!

    • JY3502 profile imageAUTHOR

      John Young 

      8 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Good to see ya again Gin. Nice to know you are still reading my stuff.

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      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Excellent read and it does make one--wonder? thanks


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