Ancient Mysteries That Still Baffle Scientists Today

Paracas Candelabra

Called the ‘Candelabra of the Andes’, the Paracas Candelabra is a 600-feet tall prehistoric geoglyph found in Peru on the face of the Paracas Peninsula. Etched up to two feet into the hard-packed sand, the strange design resembles a candelabra, but archaeologists don’t believe that it is a depiction of one.

Instead, they believe the three-pronged design may be a nod to the trident held by Viracocha, the Incan creator god. Or, as others believe, it could signify the hallucinogenic Jimson weed, which was used in religious rituals. Researchers have been able to date the shards of pottery and other artifacts found near the geoglyph to around 200 BCE so they believe the geoglyph is also about that old.
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