Nazca Skeleton Harvester Jar

Nazca Skeleton Harvester Jar

Nazca culture

The Nazca culture (also Nasca) was the archaeological culture that flourished from 100 BC to 800 AD beside the dry southern coast of Peru in the river valleys of the Rio Grande de Nazca drainage and the Ica Valley. [1] Having been heavily influenced by the preceding Paracas culture, which was known for extremely complex textiles, the Nazca produced an array of beautiful crafts and technologies such as ceramics, textiles, and geoglyphs (most commonly known as the Nazca lines). They also built an impressive system of underground aqueducts, known as puquios, that still function today. The Nazca Province in the Ica Region was named for this people.

Documentary: Nasca Lines: Buried Secrets

Readers in the US take note! This Sunday at 10 PM EST, the National Geographic Channel will be premiering a new documentary, Nasca Lines: Buried Secrets, from Edge West Productions, directed by celebrated British documentarian Philip J. Day.

Etched, as if by giants, onto the arid moonscape of Peru’s southern desert lies one of man’s greatest mysteries the Nasca Lines. More than 15,000 geometric and animal-like patterns have been discovered criss-crossing the pampas like a vast puzzle. Who built them and what was their purpose? Ancient racetracks, landing strips for aliens, or perhaps a giant astronomical calendar? And are the Lines connected to the gruesome discovery of large cache’s of severed human heads. Now, after decades of misunderstanding, modern archaeology may finally have the answer.

Excavations in the surrounding mountains are uncovering extraordinary clues about the people who made them and why. A long since vanished people, called the Nasca, flourished here between 200BC and 700AD. But the harsh environment led them to extreme measures in order to survive.

Archaeologist Christina Conlee recently made an extraordinary find: the skeleton of a young male, ceremonially buried but showing gruesome evidence of decapitation. In place of the missing human head, a ceramic “head jar” decorated with a striking image of a decapitated head with a tree sprouting from its skull.

Conlee wonders who this person was? Why was he beheaded and yet buried with honor. Was he a captive taken in battle, or could he have been a willing sacrifice? And did his decapitation have anything to do with the lines? The discovery of large caches of human heads adds grisly weight to Conlee’s theories and helps unravel on of man’s great mysteries.

This in-depth documnetary comes at a perfect time, giving an American audience an exciting view of the history and mysteries of Peru beyond Machu Picchu. Nasca Lines: Buried Secrets will certainly inspire its audience to visit Peru to see the lines in-person and to experience the country as a whole.

Sunday, February 21st, 10PM EST, don’t miss it!

3. A truck drove through Peru’s ancient Nazca Lines𠅊nd researchers found 50 more of them.

The Nazca Lines, a set of mysterious ancient symbols carved into the desert in southern Peru by pre-Incan peoples starting some 2,000 years ago, sustained damage early in the year when a truck driver mistakenly plowed his rig into the UNESCO World Heritage site. In April, archaeologists using drones to map the ancient site announced they had discovered 50 previously unknown lines traced in the desert, but too fine to be seen with the naked eye.

Former slave Cudjo Lewis pictured in his home. 

Erik Overbey Collection, The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of South Alabama

Thomas Theodore Merrylin the vampire hunter, and his creatures

In 1960 (other sources mention 2006), there was a basement uncovered during a planned demolition of some building. Within, hundreds of large crates, filled with thousands of specimens, artifacts and diaries were found. It was dubbed the Merrylin Cryptid Collection, its mere existence would challenge the established scientific community if proven authentic.

What Merrylin (Merlin, right?) left was the most incredible collection ever known, actual specimens of taxidermied dragons, the infant forms of werewolves, artifacts from ancient Vampire nations and the trappings of nefarious scientists whose existence was presumed to be mere fiction. Where had these specimens originated from, considering there are no other examples of these species to be found on the Earth? It is this that I find so thrilling and yet so terrifying.

His mother died during childbirth and he was raised by his Father Edward. His father was a General in the Army, but once retired became enamored with esoteric natural history, investing in profitable companies to fund his travels across the world, seeking out illusive artifacts and hidden species which resided in forgotten continents or darkened places, away from prying human eyes.

A bizarre quality of Merrylin was his apparent permanent youthfulness. Even in his 80′s, he still resembled a 40 year old, albeit of odd complexion, and his few bizarre forays into the eyes of the media only furthered his infamy. He was accused of practicing dark arts to prolong his life. Yet, eminent scholars secretly allied themselves with him, encouraging him to share his collection with the world. In 1899, he took a small portion of his specimens on tour across America. Conservative attitudes of the time condemned these creatures, calling them blasphemous. His reaction was severe and the tour was canceled before it reached California.

KD: I have no clue on this one, as far as authenticity goes. The stuff is definitely too crazy to be true, but have we not seen crazy things yet? It would obviously be naive to expect any official out there to come out and say that the collection is authentic and represents creatures which were hidden from general knowledge. Therefore, all the claims of the collection being an elaborate hoax are very much expected.

Creating thousands of such items would probably require a small factory. How many years would it take? Could they be created in secrecy? Probably could, but were they?

And if it’s not a hoax, where could all these creatures come from? Could this Thomas Theodore Merrylin guy have a "key" to a special "door"?

Note: I publish this story because it reminded me of those discredited Cabrera's Ica Stones, which I firmly believe are authentic.



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Amazing! I can't believe I've never heard of this guy! I'm very much into cryptozoology and while there are hoaxers out there, the hoax is fairly easy to spot if you know what anamolies to look for. These could be authentic. I've read stories about people finding werewolf and faun skeletons by lakes and ruins but unfortunately that was a long time ago and I don't have the links for those stories.

This does remind me of a recent documentary on Gaia of these skeletons found in Peru that passed all the DNA and organic matter tests with flying colors yet their origins could not be explained.

Makes me think these are possibly authentic.


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Only got a moment right now, but this is a real "I want to believe" situation. I've been familiar with this collection for awhile and have never been able to verify the existence of a "Thomas Theodore Merrylin" in any documents prior to the "discovery" of his collection. His whole extended lifespan makes me think of St. Germain who the mainstream would say that is some combination of historical figure and fanciful legend (like Dracula!). As noted, the similarity in name to "Merlin" makes me wonder too.

All that aside, even if the gentleman didn't exist, the collection could still be real (or some of it anyway). But I doubt anyone will ever get close enough to validate.



A tiny worn in shoe made of mouse skin was found in Ireland. See also The Little Shoe.

Crofton Croker wrote (84, 1824): A paragraph recently appeared in a Kilkenny paper stating, that a labourer, returning home in the dusk of the evening, discovered a Leprehaune at work, from whom he bore away the shoe which he was mending as a proof of the veracity of his story it was further stated, that the shoe lay for the inspection of the curious at the newspaper office.
This page has some cool historical documentation of fairies! Northamptonshire Fairy Rings - Fairyist


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Only got a moment right now, but this is a real "I want to believe" situation. I've been familiar with this collection for awhile and have never been able to verify the existence of a "Thomas Theodore Merrylin" in any documents prior to the "discovery" of his collection. His whole extended lifespan makes me think of St. Germain who the mainstream would say that is some combination of historical figure and fanciful legend (like Dracula!). As noted, the similarity in name to "Merlin" makes me wonder too.

All that aside, even if the gentleman didn't exist, the collection could still be real (or some of it anyway). But I doubt anyone will ever get close enough to validate


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So, there's definitely some garbage about this claim (maybe to throw the baby out with the bathwater, though I sort of doubt the collection is even as large as claimed). Again, not finding any record of a Merrylin, this image on the "museum" website stood out:

Immediately looked pretty fake, the typeface seems wrong as does the formatting of the date (all lower case? What is this, twitter?). The awarding of the George Cross to Malta is a nice touch though, as that did occur on April 15th, 1942, a day before this supposed article made front page news (during the height of WW2 no less, who says the news is always negative?!).

Some convenient cropping too, but this is supposed to be from The Daily Herald (you can see the word "herald" next to the date). So, after a little digging (and signing up for my free three images), I found this:

As you can tell just from the small snip, the two newspapers do not match. There is no mention of this donation anywhere in what's available of the newspaper, which is only a few pages, but the different format of the newspaper pretty much makes image from the museum site seem fraudulent.

The format seems consistent too (meaning no one is messing with the archive to hide this story), here's the next day:

Anyway, it appears that this site has Alex's "confession":

[Interviewer] A great many people think that H.P. Lovecraft didn’t just make up his stories and that things like the Great Old Ones and the Necronomicon are real, even though Lovecraft insisted that he was an atheist. Do you know of any collectors actually trying to use any of your work (vampire hunting kits, etc)? Have you ever been contacted by anyone who thought your work was real?

[Alex] Quite a few times, often to complain that I am cruel for resigning innocent creatures to specimens jars and display cabinets. I often don’t hear back when in explain that they are synthetic! I’m yet to be contacted by a cultist looking for offerings to the elder gods. That would be interesting. I think some of my work is used for role play, thats as near as it gets to “using” my work.

Lovecraft eventually spoke out about his work being fiction, many of his gods were modified from other writers work (Shub Niggurath is often credited to Lord Dunsany for his creation “Sheol Nugganoth”). Regardless, humans have enjoyed believing in fictitious deities and ideologies since the dawn of civilization, and as an avid obsessive of HP, I’d much prefer to worship the Great Old Ones than any current popular religion!

So, like I said initially, I very much want to believe, but I'm finding it highly unlikely someone could dig up an article either mentioning Merrylin or the collection from sometime in the 20th century or earlier. Could it be a clever ruse to hide strange creatures in plain sight? Possibly. Could it just be a performance art piece? Probably more likely, but I also think there's a "magical" element to all of this. Again, maybe knowing a bit more detail about Alex CF would help or digging into the history of the building where the collection was supposedly found might reveal something. even if it isn't dried out fairies under glass.

Gobekli Tepe

When large pillars were first discovered in 1994 in a rural area of Southeastern Turkey called Gobekli Tepe, some claimed it was the biblical Garden of Eden. The site is set atop a hill and consists of mostly oval and circular-shaped structures. Each pillar weighs 40 to 60 tons, is 9.8 to 19.6 feet tall and 33 to 98 feet in diameter with floors made of burnt lime.

Excavations have taken place since the discovery in 1994, but excavators estimate they have only uncovered about five percent of the site. What excavators believe is that there might have been roofs on top of the pillars. They also think the people living at the site buried the monuments around 8,000 B.C. But what researchers don’t know is why they buried the site. Excavators surmise that the monuments were probably utilized in funeral rituals.


Stonehenge is now considered one of the official wonders of the world. It is believed to have been constructed 5,000 years ago, although the questions: “who built it, how, and why?” are still left unknown. It consists of several huge stones, each standing around 13 feet, and weighs around 25 tons. There are many speculations regarding why Stonehenge was built.

Over time, it has been used by pagan religions, especially druids, for their rituals and celebrations. Some also suggest that Stonehenge was once used as a sacred place for healing the sick, while others have suggested that it was a celestial observatory.


Time frame

Nazca society developed during the Early Intermediate Period and is generally divided into the Proto Nazca (phase 1, 100 BCE – CE 1), the Early Nazca (phases 2-4, CE 1-450), Middle Nazca (phase 5, CE 450-550) and Late Nazca (phases 6-7, CE 550-750) cultures (Vaughn, 2006).

Decline and fall of the civilization

From 500 CE, the civilization started to decline and by 750 CE the civilization had fallen completely. This was due to El Niño which triggered widespread and destructive flooding. Evidence also suggests that the Nazca people may have exacerbated the effects of these floods by gradually cutting down Prosopis pallida trees to make room for maize and cotton agriculture. These trees play an extremely important role as the ecological keystone of this landscape: in particular preventing river and wind erosion. Gradual removal of trees would have exposed the landscape to the effects of climate perturbations such as El Niño, leading to erosion and leaving irrigation systems high and dry (see Beresford-Jones et al. 2009).

Discovered! Ancient Mexican Spiral of Death

Ten ancient skeletons have been unearthed in Mexico this week including a baby of around one-month-old! Ritualistically deformed, in that their skull shapes and teeth had been altered, they were arranged in a spiral shape with interlocking arms - confirming that they were buried in some sort of ancient death ritual. Estimated to be over 2,400-years old, this occult discovery is creating a typhoon of ideas in the archeological world.

According to a BBC report, archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), who are excavating the grounds of the Pontifical University of Mexico (UPM) in the borough of Tlalpan in southern Mexico City, discovered the skeletons under a building that once served as “classrooms, chapel as well as dorm room for the priests.” Bone dating revealed the people once belonged to the Pre-Classical period in Mexico around 1600 BC, predating the rise of the Aztec Empire. The bodies had been “buried with cajetes and tecomates - earthenware bowls and pots of various sizes” and some of them grasped “stones or ceramic spheres,” according to the BBC.

Area of the archaeological excavations in Tlalpan, Mexico City. (INAH/ Youtube Screenshot)

Scientists Examiner revealed this week that archeologists at (INAH) believe this skeleton ritual might have been performed by “the hunters and gatherers that existed in the villages during the ancient time.” Furthermore, a researcher from the Pontifical University of Mexico, Jimena Rivera Escamilla, told Scientists Examiner that “the head part of one of the bodies is lying upon the chest part of another body, or the hands from one body have been placed upon the back of another and so on.” Escamilla interpreted this as “the circle of life that starts from a baby growing into a child followed by being an adult and ultimately the death of that particular individual again to start with the baby phase.”

The bodies were arranged in a spiral with interlocking arms. (INAH/ Youtube Screenshot )

As early as 1400 BC this part of the Valley of Mexico was populated and according to Mexico News Daily “this discovery is significant because It’s the first time archaeologists have found a grave containing such a large number of people, in this area.” The archaeologist who heads the INAH team said in a prepared statement “the discovery and ongoing excavation of the site could be of equal importance to the study of the pre-classical period in the Valley of Mexico as digs that were completed between 1960 and 1990 at sites including Tlatilco and Temamatla.” Adding to the unfolding mystery, researcher Escamilla said that her team has “found more than 20 graves at the UPM site, of which six contained the remains of a single person” and she explained that the graves were dug as perfect circles, with diameters of up to 2.3 meters” according to Mexico News Daily. So what are we to make of all these ancient spirals and circles?

Spiral designs can be found across the ancient world and in South America they are among the Nazca Lines in the coastal desert of Peru, dating from 200 BC to 500 AD. Prehistoric spiral petroglyphs in Colombia have been discovered at altitudes of 3,200 meters above sea level and in 2006 the International Council on Monuments & Sites published Rock Art Of Latin America & The Caribbean which stated that “more than 1,400 petroglyphs (rock engravings) in Las Plazuelas, Guanajuato Mexico, dating 750-1200 AD, predominantly depict spirals.”

This is where archeologists take a step back! They know that any, and all efforts to interpret what a spiral grave of skeletons actually meant to the people who created it, are futile meanderings in one’s creative imagination! Many experts are convinced spirals represented water in Ancient Mexico, while others believe they are the circumpolar stars wheeling around the pole star. Others will tell you they generate, or contain, powerful Earth energies where a dryer expert might see them as simple references to swirling winds that affected hunting and fishing efforts.

What the spiral grave burial meant to its designers, we might never know. But what we can take from this incredibly thought provoking discovery, is, reaffirmation that our forebears had developed not only a set of rich cosmological beliefs, but that they had managed to simplify them and express them in the most simple, mystical and natural of all symbols - the spiral.

Top image: The 10 skeletons were arranged in a spiral pattern found at Tlalpan, Mexico City (Image: Mauricio Marat/ National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH))


Luzia was originally discovered in 1974 in a rock shelter by a joint French-Brazilian expedition that was working not far from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The remains were not articulated. The skull, which was separated from the rest of the skeleton but was in surprisingly good condition, was buried under more than forty feet (12 meters) of mineral deposits and debris.

There were no other human remains at the site. In 2013, testing of the charcoal recovered from the stratum with Luzia's bones date the remains at an age of 10,030 ± 60 14C yr BP (11,243–11,710 cal BP), Luzia is one of the most ancient American human skeletons ever discovered. [9] Forensics have determined that Luzia died in her early 20s. Although flint tools were found nearby, hers were the only human remains found in Vermelha Cave.

The fossil of Luzia was believed to have been destroyed when the National Museum burned, according to officials, [10] [11] [12] but firefighters later discovered a human skull within the burned museum. [4] On October 19, 2018 it was announced that the Luzia skull was indeed found, but in a fragmented state. 80% of the fragments were identified as being part of the frontal (forehead and nose), side, bones that are more resistant and the fragment of her femur that also belonged to the fossil and was stored. A part of the box that contained Luzia's skull was also recovered. The reassembly of the bones has not yet been undertaken. [13]

Her facial features included a narrow, oval cranium, projecting face and pronounced chin, strikingly dissimilar to most Native Americans and their indigenous Siberian forebears. Anthropologists variously described Luzia's features as resembling those of Indigenous Australians, Melanesians and the Negritos of Southeast Asia. Walter Neves, an anthropologist at the University of São Paulo, suggested that Luzia's features most strongly resembled those of Australian Aboriginal peoples.

Neves and other Brazilian anthropologists theorized that Luzia's Paleo-Indian predecessors lived in South East Asia for tens of thousands of years after migrating from Africa and began arriving in the New World as early as 15,000 years ago. The oldest confirmed date for an archaeosite in the Americas is 18,500 and 14,500 cal BP for the Monte Verde site in southern Chile. [14] Some anthropologists have hypothesized that a population from coastal East Asia migrated in boats along the Kuril island chain, the Beringian coast and down the west coast of the Americas during the decline of the Last Glacial Maximum. [15] [16] In 1998, Neves and archaeologist André Prous studied and dated 11,400 years for the skull of Luzia after naming her. [17]

Neves' conclusions have been challenged by research done by anthropologists Rolando González-José, Frank Williams and William Armelagos, who have shown in their studies that the cranio-facial variability could just be due to genetic drift and other factors affecting cranio-facial plasticity in Native Americans. [18] [19] [20]

A comparison in 2005 of Lagoa Santa specimens with modern Aimoré people of the same region also showed strong affinities, leading Neves to classify the Aimoré as Paleo-Indians. [21]

Researchers recreated the skull of Luzia with 3D printers by studies resumed in a laboratory of the National Institute of Technology (INT) by master's and doctoral students of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. [22]

In November 2018, scientists of the University of São Paulo and Harvard University released a study that contradicts the alleged Australo-Melanesian origin of Luzia. Using DNA sequencing, the results showed that Luzia was entirely Amerindian, genetically. [23] It was published in the journal Cell article (November 8, 2018), [24] a paper in the journal Science from an affiliated team also reported new findings on fossil DNA from the first migrants to the Americas. [25]

Lagoa Santa remains from a site nearby to the Luzia remains carry DNA regarded as Native American. Two of the Lagoa Santa individuals carry the same mtDNA haplogroup (D4h3a) also carried by older 12,000+ remains Anzick-1 found in Montana, mtDNA haplogroup A2, B2, C1d1 and three of the Lagoa Santa individuals harbor the same Y chromosome haplogroup Q1b1a1a1-M848 as found in the Spirit Cave genome of Nevada. The bust of Luzia displaying Australo-Melanesian features was created in 1999. André Strauss of the Max Planck Institute, one of the authors of the Journal Science article remarked "However, skull shape isn't a reliable marker of ancestrality or geographic origin. Genetics is the best basis for this type of inference," Strauss explained."The genetic results of the new study show categorically that there was no significant connection between the Lagoa Santa people and groups from Africa or Australia. So the hypothesis that Luzia's people derived from a migratory wave prior to the ancestors of today's Amerindians has been disproved. On the contrary, the DNA shows that Luzia's people were entirely Amerindian." [26]

Luzia stood just under five feet (1.5 m) tall about one-third of her skeleton has been recovered. Her remains seem to indicate that she died when she was approximately 20 years old, either in an accident or as the result of an animal attack. She was a member of a group of hunter-gatherers. [27]

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