piece of the puzzle
A petroglyph comes to us, wondering us
again on Piura’s most ancient history.
Photos by Marco
Paulini. Cambia a español.
for comparison, Marco Paulini is 1,75 m height, so calculate rock
“Look at this, licenciado!,”
the ambulance driver screamed out pointing out to his left, the
Wednesday of July’s last week. “What do you think about
Marco Paulini, who blogs about sexuality on FACTORTIERRA.NET,
looked at the rock, closed down and opened up his eyes fastly,
wondered where he had watched that image before: an anthropomorphous
being wearing something similar to a helmet or a turban, a spiral
line and something that suggested an octopus to him.
it a petroglyph like the ones on our photographic archive? His
scientific curiosity asked thousand questions inside his head. He
took many photographs and waited for mobile Internet signal to appear
somewhere on the way from Sapillica (pronounce “Sapeejeecah”)to
Coletas de Chachacomal towns, for sending them.
was impossible to him until he got back our Sullana
headquarters, and transferring the photos as well as comparing them
to our archives. Would be there a match?
view of petroglyph reported by Marco Paulini between Sapillica and
Coletas de Chachacomal towns. Pattern is similar to the ones we
studied in Malingas in 2009-2011.
is not the first time that somebody related to FACTORTIERRA.NET gets
in touch to art-on-the-rock this way. In May 2009, our actual
vice-director and co-executive producer Luis
found a draw with same patterns in San Martín de Malingas,
beside the local Catholic temple, but smaller.
years later, Correa is pretty excited than that morning: “They
are similar to Morán Hill’s ones,” he affirms.
if Paulini is an obsthetrician, Correa is a lawyer. Despite their
affection by research, each one in his career, no one is the right
specialist to discard neither confirm what their enthusiasm suggests.
That’s why Sapillica photographs go to Lima where Archeologist
lives. He worked with us in exploration of at least a dozen
archaeological sites in Malingas
District) between December 2009 and April 2011.
mmost approppriate is calling it art-on-the-rock,” he
preliminarly recommends. Before anything, he discards patterns on the
rock block what we calculate 65 cubic meters of volume be geological.
means Nature only contributed with the stone but decoration
–excepting the moss- is human creation.
view of the petroglyph in Sapillica District, Peru.
two days, Dávila examinates the photos, identifies spectrum,
compares traces, reviews and reviews before giving a preliminary
opinion. Meanwhile in Sullana, there is a held enthusiasm in the
like the pieces of a puzzle appear and we have put together one by
one,” Correa thinks. By his side, Paulini shows his best
stoicism forged by his proffession – he knows better than
anyone that science steps forward slowly so being safe ones.
his way, Dávila finds a first match. Near Jaén,
State, a Japanese scientific crew is researching similar traces.
we learn this, inmediatly Jíbaro
corridor theory jumps into our heads: groups of this Amazon
ethnicity migrated 4000 years ago from actual Amazonas
State to the West, marking specific places in Cajamarca State
northern side and Piura
State eastern half, because of the peculiar natural landmarks and
Correa has his own guess because he has got found a pretty similitude
of the Malingas traces to others
(pronounce “Nareewa”), a town near Saltillo, Coahuila
State, Mexico. Inclusive Narihua sounds and is almost written like
(pronounce “Nariwahla”), an archaeological site to the
South East of Catacaos
(keyname inside our crew)is near a creek, and inside the surrounding
landscape, there is a mountain ending like a needle, as dome
does not erupts colossally but it elevates like a semi-solid column
until losing stability, then falling down as a
pyroclastic flow or a burning cloud.
FACTORTIERRA.NET Internal Documents, this graphic compares Samanga
Petroglyphs in Ayabaca, widely studied, and one we found in Manco
Cápac, near Tambogrande, in 2006. Look at the matches. Photo
Samanga by INC, photo Manco Cápac by FACTORTIERRA.NET.
stone is basaltic origin,” Dávila announces. We have
learned the basalt
is a black, weaky and porous stone formed in plain layers when lava
is viscous and gets solid in contact to the air.
least in Malingas, many geologic buildings are made of basalt like
Malingas micro-range and Platillos promontory. Petroglyphs and
inverted domes are also there.
that a ceremony table?,” Correa questions, reminding the
similitude of Paulini Petroglyph to Morán one, located on the
top of the same-name hill, between Monteverde Bajo and Cruz Verde
towns. There is one of the biggest, best conserved petroglyphs of
Dávila seems to have an answer: “It could belong to
Samanga Tradition, drawings similar to Samanga’s
but the same display like Malingas’ in other words.”
the crew sees each other. Samanga (Ayabaca
District)has the best studied and conserved petroglyphs across Piura
than jíbaros, the better will be to relate it to Samanga
Tradition,” the archaeologist insists.
photo helps but is not enough. It will have to be explored on the
field and it will have to go much far than Malingas this time. Could
more art-in-rock rests be in Sapillica?How is it connected to
Malingas or Samanga as well?What is the message cut on the rock that,
4000 years later, we can not decifer right yet?
is looking for funds to unveil the history, maybe to re-write it. Who
will want to associate to us in this new adventure?
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