Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s photograph, shown immediately below, is located. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog when the answer will be revealed the following week. Guest submissions of Monday Mystery Photos are very welcome. Drop me an email if you would like to submit a photography to Monday Mystery Photo.
Thanks goes to Pooja from Stories from Europe for submitting this week’s Mystery photo.
Where in the world might the following scene be located?
Last week we were with Peggy from Where to Next? in Peru
Were you correct? Don’t worry if you weren’t, as this one stumped quite a few well traveled readers. Drake took out the first correct guess for 2017, correctly identifying the site, as Cahuachi, located in Peru. I will let Peggy elaborate further:
Cahuachi- Is a South American wonder. It’s in Peru and was mostly likely the major ceremonial centre of the Nazca culture that dated from 1 AD to about 500 AD.
The site was ‘rediscovered’ in 1922 by a Dr Frabee and has been studied and excavated regularly ever since.
At first, scholars thought Cahuachi had been the Nazca capital (it overlooks some of the famous Nazca lines), but research indicates that it had a very small permanent population. For this reason, archaeologists believe it was a pilgrimage centre, with a population that increased only for major ceremonial events.
The site has 40 mounds (the one pictured is the largest) with adobe structures on top. It appears these were naturally occurring hills.
Restoration work is being carried out now. Unfortunately, looting is a major problem. Thieves aren’t interested in the tools or building materials, but the burial sites that have been discovered in recent years.
Many thanks to Peggy for this excellent submission for Monday Mystery Photo. I think it has given us all Something important to Ponder About in regard to human history and experience.