The Ica Stones: Ancient Engraved Records



I’ve long held an interest in ancient pre-Columbian antiquities and have traveled to Peru on several occasions. My research with the labyrinth originally brought me to Nazca, Peru, to visit the extraordinary labyrinthine lines of the Nazca pampa. On my first trip to the coastal desert I met Dr. Javier Cabrera at his private museum and home in the bustling city of Ica, located north of the famous Nazca Lines, along the Pan American highway.

Dr. Cabrera showed me his immense collection of ancient carved stones that he termed “gliptoliths”. According to Cabrera, the stones comprise a sophisticated library left behind by an ancient civilization, depicting carved images of medical transplants, blood transfusions, strange animals (including dinosaurs), and advanced technology. Organized by subject matter, the stone library includes the races of man, ancient animals, lost continents, and the knowledge of a global catastrophe.

The doctor spent more then forty years endeavoring to decode the mystery of the stones. He came into possession of his first stone when he was given one as a paperweight for his birthday. He recalled his father having a small oddly carved stone found in their field in the l930’s, which had long since disappeared. Early Spanish chronicles reported similar stones found in ancient pre-conquest tombs, and recently, similar stones were found in Nazca displayed in the local museum.

Cabrera’s collection numbers upward of 11,000 engraved stones with more than l5,000 known to exist. The huge cache was unearthed when the Ica River overflowed its banks destroying a nearby mountain, exposing an unknown cave. An peasant farmer claimed to have found the cave but would not reveal its location. News of the find caught the interest of researchers and the eyes of the world turned toward Ica. Subsequently, the BBC produced a documentary on the discovery bringing an extraordinary amount of focus on the Peruvian Government. Under pressure to police the country’s antiquities, the Government arrested the farmer for selling the stones. Facing years of incarceration the farmer recanted his story claiming he’d carved all l5,000 of the stones himself. The stones were labeled a hoax and the government considered the embarrassing matter closed. Life in Ica returned to normal, or so the story goes.

It has been suggested that the “highly technical knowledge” of the scenes defy that anyone with “little or no education,” and without a deep understanding of complex scientific knowledge, could ever depict the stones so accurately. In fact, it has been noted, the farmer would have had to carve one stone every day for over 40 years to produce the total library! The stone’s are a form of andesite–a local river rock, covered with a patina of natural oxidation. Laboratories in Germany have authenticated the incisions that make up the carvings as extremely ancient. Nearby fossil finds indicate the area to be replete in bone fragments millions of years old. Cabrera theorized that ancient gliptolithic man possessed highly technical knowledge of medical procedures, and had discovered a means of overcoming rejection of organ transplant that are just now being utilized by modern medicine. Shown in a series of carvings are the isolation and extraction of cellular material in a pregnant woman’s placenta with the reintroduction into the transplant patient to eliminate the possibility of rejection. Artificial life support systems are featured using an unknown energy conveyed through the surgeons themselves. There is work with genetic codes and the prolongation of life. Blood vessels are shown being reconnected via re-absorption tubes utilizing the natural regeneration of cells. There are descriptions of cesarean section with acupuncture as a form of anesthesia.




In another series, four stones show the hemispheres of Earth pointing to the existence of unknown continent’s that today remains a part of our collective mythology. Supporting the ancient continent theory, researcher and author, Col. James Churchward, discovered a sacred Tibetan tablet showing two unknown continents on either side of the present day Americas. Plato spoke of the lost continent of Atlantis, as did ancient records from the East. Explorer William Niven discovered petroglyphs in the Yucatan depicting an unexplained configuration of land masses in both the Atlantic, and the Pacific Oceans, thought to be Atlantis and Mu. Only recently have scientists agreed on the continental shift theory that the Americas, Asia, and Africa were all defined entirely different than today. With the assistance of geologists Cabrera has confirmed that the land mass is indeed accurate for Earth as it was geologically constructed millions of years ago. Cabrera believes that Gliptolithic man knew of existing life in distant stars and had technical devices for space travel without the use of fuel consumption as we know it. Several stones show images drawn on the plains of Nazca that Cabrera interprets as an ancient “spaceport” based on the harness of electromagnetic energy for propulsion of space faring vehicles. He suggests that the earth at that time was vastly different then it is now, with 80% landmass, and very little water. The planetary situation suffered due to an increase in the level of the heating of the atmosphere, and from the fact that solar energy could not escape the vapor mist which blocked the outward radiation. Gliptolithic man attempted to manipulate the biological cycles of nature but eventually cataclysm resulted in tectonic shifts, massive floods, and the movement of the continents.


As the ancient civilization prepared to depart Earth they chose as their destination a planet in a system belonging to the star cluster Pleiades that they knew well, it was their original homeland. A large stone in Cabrara’s library shows the hemispheres of that planet having intelligent life and space faring capability. One extraordinary stone depicts a man staring at the heavens through a telescope projecting his “cognitive energy” into the cosmos to capture a great quantity of energy, symbolized by diagrams of pyramids. This energy was used for storage, accumulation, and distribution of an unknown “force” that could be released outward into the cosmos to influence celestial events.

The huge stone carved in four sections depicts a sequence of interstellar proportion — a fantastic comet following an unusual trajectory (that produced catastrophic disturbances), a ring shape eclipse of the sun, the planets Jupiter, Venus, the Horse Head Nebula, and thirteen constellations including the Pleiades. Cabrera believes the energy provided by the comet was utilized to “hitch a ride” via their craft for their homeland, in the trajectory of the comet. In l973 comet Kohoutek was sighted and science reported that it was an event never to be seen again, “a comet of unusual trajectory”, visible during a solar eclipse wherein the planets of Venus and Jupiter would be clearly visible during the day. Cabrera postulates that Kohoutek was possibly the same comet of gliptolithic man.

The doctor postulated that nearby Nazca pampa was engineered as a field of magnetic deflection. A phenomena whereby a moving object with an electrical charge will bounce off a surface of identical charge. This field permeated the pampa, designed to deflect craft outward to space. One glyph in particular resembles a solenoid whose purpose, the doctor believes, was to intensify the force of the current creating a powerful “lift-off” effect. Cabrera postulated that the lines of the Pampa were originally made on a lower sub-surface layer below the present surface. What we see today is actually a “shadow effect” of the original template. He theorizes that the symbols of the pampa were magnetically stamped into the surface creating a force that could both conserve and protect them from natural disaster. This magnetic puzzle would continue to function forever attracting odds and ends of ferrous surface materials into the design, holding the surface layer as a shadow of it’s former self. Several etchings on the engraved stones show unknown craft suspended in an electromagnetic cushion whose energetic field is controlled by both the surface of the planet itself, and the craft.

With over 15,000 stones in existence and theories of extra-terrestrial intelligence, controversy continues to surround the Ica Stones. As far as the Peruvian government is concerned, the issue is closed. However, the enigma of the Ica Stones will simply not go away. Dr. Javier Cabrera, succumbed to a long bout with cancer on December 30, 2001. His daughter, Eugenia, continues his legacy.



Renowned Spanish journalist, J.J. Benitez, author of “Existio otra humanidad” (Existence of Another Humanity), tells the story of the Queen of Spain, S.M. Dona Sofia, who indicated a great interest in the engraved stones of Ica. Upon learning of her interest, Dr. Cabrera gifted her majesty, “one of the most beautiful stones”– a massive, elaborately engraved stone weighing nearly two thousand kilos. JJ Benitz arranged not only the transport of the stone from Ica to Spain, but personally delivered the engraved stone to the palace of Queen Sofia in 1980.



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