I love stuff like this. Truly! I find what follows to be absolutely fascinating.

Band of Holes, aerial view.

From above, the “Band of Holes” glistens in the sunlight, as if giving off some sort of code to those who created them – messages in stone viewed from above. Perhaps the code is linked to human DNA and the progression of consciousness through time. Source: Band of Holes near Pisco Valley, Peru

And to think that I thought with near certainty that the photo above was colorized when I first heard about the Band of Holes in a post by my good friend SLAYER69, which was in reply to a thread called More Mysterious Nazca Lines From Space. That thread discusses some of the much lesser-known artifacts extant in Nazca, including an interesting pattern of “dots.” If you have an interest in this area, you should definitely have a look at it and enjoy a good read, it is an interesting discussion.

The feature, located just North of latitude 13°42’55.37″S and longitude 75°52’28.46″W is a mile long and about 60′ across on average. Dating back to extremely ancient times, someone, for some reason, carved approximately 6,900  meter wide holes, eight across each row, right into the barren rock of a plain known as Cajamarquilla very near the Pisco Valley in Peru. It is, of course, unexplained. Which is why I like it.

Here’s a very nice ground level shot:

Band of Holes by BrunoZ

Pisco Valley by Tgraham2This next shot is very nice, no? For a bit of perspective missing from the aerial pics.

It is from Jimmy Kopelia’s blog. Jimmy tells a rather nice and very fanciful tale about how the holes were dug out thousands of years by a bevy of nymphs as both a tool to call their Rain God and an offering to the lad. And he dug it! Yay nymphs!

Hehe, that made me smile.

Oh dear, looking deeper, it seems that  Jimmy may very well have gotten his tale, verbatim, from Enchanted Lands and Fables. Naughty boy.

I guess a little romantic license could be given to such a nice tale … kind of difficult I’d think for nymphs, who tend to be soft and tender creatures, to carve so vigorously into solid rock like that. Magic!

We need to remember that these holes are very old. They’ve been there so long that the people who live there have absolutely no idea whatsoever as to who made them or even why they would, let alone what they were for.

A gap in the Band.The band is not entirely continuous, interestingly enough, there are several clear gaps, the photo on the left from Google Sightseeing shows one such gap nicely. I wonder if these interruptions mean something.

The more I think about it, the more the romantic side of me conjures that they likely do. With civilizations so ancient that there is no history of them left, or even legend referring to them, nothing would surprise me.

There is mention within the admittedly rather scant literature that these holes could represent a code of some kind. Could be.

Noted is the fact that the holes are not of uniform depth… while most are 6 or 7 feet deep, many of them are quite shallow, some just a dent and they are surrounded by the standard issue deep ones, as if on purpose, rather than some being merely “unfinished.”

That is fascinating.

I most definitely think that this aspect deserves looking into… might be a dead end, but then again… it might not. Need to go there, though, as tools like Google Earth get you pretty close, but to my eyeballs at least it’s not anywhere near close enough to do any kind of precision survey.

Archaeologists have come up with some suggestions that seem somewhat silly, really. They have put forth ideas such as the holes were for the storage of grain, or, barring that, maybe they were graves. Come on, now. No evidence that would support either theory has ever been found.

I simply cannot come to grips with a mindset that could or would come up with those two ideas. It ignores, if you look at it, what is right in front of their eyes. It is always assumed, without any consideration, that the people were primitives, although at least in this case they gave them credit for being agricultural.

I just dont understand it. At all. Seems thinking is disallowed. Nothing that might conflict in any way with the prepared itinerary of Homo sapiens could ever have happened, because they know everything about human history and have for a long time. Well, that sort of thinking by archaeologists is as much of an impediment to the discovery of the true history of our kind as the snake oil salesmen and charlatans in general are to the discovery of what those things flying around in the sky are, or what that creature that’s been seen so many times might be. Or anything. My God.

Look at their proposals. Grain storage. Leaving aside the obvious fact that there isn’t a hell of a lot of farming going on anywhere near all that barren rock and the lack of provisions for lids, why would anyone do such a thing? Cart your stuff a mile up a big rock and divvy up your load into each hole? Jeez, maybe they’re for making really big cupcakes for the Gods. Same things would apply for graves. Cart the deceased a mile up the big rock and plop the loved one down and leave him or her there out in the open. Nice. Some of the holes are said to be at up to a 45 degree angle, as well, so, one can imagine. Seriously, dear archaeologists, just, you know, stop it. Really. It’s embarrassing.

Let me mention again that no artifacts have ever been found. No grain, bones, implements, pottery shards, or anything else. There are only the holes.

It’s been mentioned a few times in various forums that the holes resemble the traces left by mining machinery designed to moves along the ground at some pace sampling the ground underneath it for whatever minerals or metals the operators might be interested in. Maybe so, I’m no mining expert so I can’t really say much on the subject except that it could be. But if so, then who did that? Many would jump to the conclusion that aliens did it almost immediately, but I rather think that if such a thing really happened that it was the handiwork of the civilization living there at the time.

I am of the opinion, you see, that there were such civilizations on Earth. They were here a very long time before the ones we know about started up. They were at least as advanced as us if not much more so. This formation may represent evidence of them, as everyone always goes on about there being no evidence for such a people. And if they are so old that even the Inca have no memories, myths or legends of them… well… there you go. It seems pretty reasonable to me. Where did they go? They could have wiped themselves out as we seem intent on doing lately, or perhaps they simply left for other worlds. Maybe we are all their descendants. Who can say? I like thinking about it.

As an aside relating to the above rant, the source site and the others you’ll find which are basically cut and pastes of whoever had it first refer to an interesting feature located not far to the east of the Band which they say looks like the remains of a lost city on Google Earth. And, well, it does. It could also be the result of mining though, as immediately to the north of it, conveniently cropped out of the very impressive satellite picture, is what looks rather like a large mining facility. But then again it would most definitely be a good idea to go and have a look at that as well.

Here’s a strange video… strange only in that it starts out great and begins to get your juices flowin and then just stops in mid-sentence. I hate when that happens. Seriously. There are seemingly no other videos from this man, at least on the web. ’Sup with that?

Uploaded by  on Oct 25, 2010 John Gallatin explores the Band of Holes mystery in Peru.

Where’s the rest, John, I want to watch!

Now here is a rather different take on it. Fair warning, this video is all text and is more than a bit tedious to watch.

Published on Aug 9, 2012 by  In America many of these sites are still a mystery, I am here to convey my opinion to unravel the mystery of the Nazca Lines & Band of Holes, the two sites is very important because it will become a reference point to other sites.

Well, I don’t know about that… it’s an interesting theory, but I just cant bring myself to accept that the holes are remnants of the people carving out cubic blocks. Really? It seems, in my humble opinion, to be a non-starter, but I thought I should post it anyway.

The second video refers to similar phenomena in other locations. Can’t say that I’ve ever heard of any, but the world does tend to go by pretty quickly these days.

Anyway, if you search the Tube for band of holes this next video is one of the four that will pop up. And it is indeed from ‘another location.’

And gol-lee would ya behold the sight, folks, it is indeed a mighty fine find! It certainly does look similar in concept. But it is in a forest… was it forested when built? Seems it should be out in the open and the conditions are conducive to it becoming overgrown after so long, whereas in the local Peruvian area they definitely are not. The best part of this discovery for me is that it’s within a reasonable driving distance, being not so very far away in western Maryland. When things improve around here to a suitable level of background weirdness I might just have a look at this ancient relic in person. Now that would be neat.

Published on Jul 31, 2012 by  I found this while hiking in a very remote location in green ridge state forest it is very similar to the band of holes found near the nazca lines in peru. serious ufo activity has been witnessed in this area. the location is untouched by man, no camp sites on this whole ridge ,it has never been logged , the nearest native american villages were miles to the south and west . 2 miles south of the mason dixon line and 8 miles north of the potomac river and west virginia 4.4 miles east of flintstone maryland. about 2 hours from d.c. i can not figure out what made this but it is man made and not natural.

I’ve been working on this post way too long amidst myriad stops and starts caused by the glorious events of this my best week ever, yes ever, so far in my life (and there have been a hell of a lot of weeks); and actually working on a website for a paying and really rather nice customer for a change as well, so I am going to click the publish button now.

Peace, dear readers, peace.

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Comments
  1. snde says:

    Fascinating indeed. Maybe this was some sort of survey or excavation. Or perhaps just a silly ritual.

    • iggymak says:

      Who can say? I’m surprised it’s not more well-known, really, as it is pretty darn cool. I would love to do a mapping survey to see if it really is a message… whatever it is, it is very impressive.

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