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Researchers Identify Chile’s Own Stonehenge in the Atacama Desert

The cairn-like pillars called saywas and the Stonehenge have similar purposes.

In the Atacama desert close to the ancient pathways of the Qhapaq Ñan, an Inca road network that stretches from southern Colombia to central Chile, the mysterious saywas can be found. These cairn-like pillars mark different spots in the desert and have been a mystery to many for centuries.

Experts have wondered what their real purpose was. They were in the middle of the desert and didn’t make sense as milestones and signposts. Dr. Cecilia Sanhueza of Chile’s Pre-Columbian Art Museum, who has been studying the saywas for some 20 years, thought there must be another function for the mesmerizing stonework.

A monumental research project has brought together experts different disciplines – from archaeologists to historians and astronomers – to help solve the 500-year-old mystery of the saywas.

Historical records, like the illustrated chronicles of Quechua nobleman Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala and 16th-century Quechua-Spanish dictionaries, suggest that the saywas served calendrical, religious, and astronomical purposes. The sun god, Inti, was believed to rest on top of the pillars during winter and summer solstices.

Sanhueza enlisted the help of experts at the Atacama Large Millimetre Array and European Southern Observatory. Astronomers Sergio Martin and Juan Cortés ran simulations of sunrises on selected dates, and they discovered that the sun appeared to align perfectly with the saywas during those dates.

The saywas are somewhat similar to the Stonehenge, the team concluded.

The saywas and the Stonehenge both have simultaneous calendrical, ritual, and political purposes. According to experts, the Inca stonework was designed to also broadcast the “sacred power” of the Inca, while others marked borders between different climactic zones.

The team braved extreme temperatures and altitude sickness to properly observe the saywas. They also interviewed locals and retired nomadic llama herders who had traversed the Qhapac Ñan in the past. Local volunteers are also being recruited to help preserve the Inca stonework.

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King Arthur’s Legendary Castle Reveals Surprising Secrets From The Dark Ages

The new findings reveal that the scenic castle was once home to traders from thousands of miles away.

The Dark Ages might not be so somber after all. Archaeologists have just discovered fascinating relics from the seventh century at North Cornwall's Tintagel Castle. The interesting find could potentially shine a light on what happened in King Arthur's legendary castle.

Tintagel has long been associated with the legend of King Arthur. Although it is still unclear whether the mighty king actually existed, the castle is a true testament to how people lived back in the Dark Ages. Archaeologists found a seventh-century window ledge scribbled with Celtic, Greek, and Latin words as well as Iberian glass. In addition to that, the scientists have uncovered numerous ceramic bowls from Turkey. Not surprisingly, the discoveries could confirm that most of the castle's inhabitants had traveled thousands of miles to the Cornish lands.

The scenic view from Tintagel Castle may have inspired an ancient scholar to practice their writing on a window ledge thousands of years ago.

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Honest Thief Returns Iconic Clock After 20 Years To Help Detroit City Restoration Efforts

The honest thief said that the clock, which has been missing for 20 years, “is ready to go home.”

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Every city is proud of its historic landmarks and iconic markers that signify its colorful history and rich culture. Detroit City— the largest city in Western Michigan— has a lot of these things featured at the Henry Ford museum. One item, in particular, became subject of numerous headlines for the peculiar way that it was returned to the city: the iconic Michigan Central Station clock. Apparently, the clock was reinstated in its home after 20 years since it went missing, all thanks to the very same thief who stole it.

According to the Dearborn-based museum, they received an unusual call on the afternoon of June 15, 2018. As it turns out, the caller wanted to “donate” the missing clock to help restore the historic memento to its rightful place.

Detroit's iconic clock is 'ready to go home'

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20 Before And After Photos That Show How The World Has Changed A Lot

The world has definitely changed over the years and these 20 photos proved the difference.

It’s no secret that the world is definitely not like it used to be. The present time has obviously changed from the beginning of recorded history, but the difference is usually left unnoticed until it was clearly pointed out.

The website re-photos took the popular “before and after photos” to a whole new level. The site encourages photographers to recreate historical pictures, and the images reminded everyone how much the world has changed.

The Signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1776

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