In an ancient building in the ancient city of Tiahuanaco, Peru is a stone idol weighing approximately 20 tons which is carved from a single block of red sandstone. This fact alone is enough to make one wonder about the means that the pre-Inca Indians used to create such a masterpiece, however, there is an even more intriguing mystery which surrounds this carving. The temple in which the idol was housed was constructed with the primitive techniques and tools available to its builders. It looks as though it belongs in this ancient city.

The Idol, however is carved as precisely and delicately as today’s fine crystal. It is covered with hundreds of carefully carved symbols. The accuracy and precision of the idol’s workmanship stands in stark contrast to the primitive building in which it resides. Further, the symbols themselves are a source of amazement.

In a book entitled “The Great Idol of Tiahuanaco”, H.S. Bellamy & P. Allen postulate that the symbols embody a mass of astronomical data about the earth and the heavens 27,000 years ago. They believe that a book titled “Theory of Satellites” by Hoerbiger which was published in 1927, five years prior to the discovery of the idol, details a series of events which are encoded in the symbols on the idol. According to theory, a large satellite was captured by the earth’s gravity field and, as it spun in, its mass and velocity caused the rotation of the earth to slow as well as its orbital velocity around the sun.

Bellamy and Allen believe that the idol records that the object was making 425 orbits around the earth per year and that one earth year lasted only 288 days. Do the symbols on the idol actually lead one to this conclusion? If they do, where did a primitive people get the astronomical knowledge needed to understand this? And finally, why is an idol which is carved in such a precise manner be housed in a far more primitive building? Some believe that extraterrestrial intervention is the only possible answer.