Fascinating Artifacts 1: Ica Stones, Dropa Stones

Throughout history, man has recorded the technological and cultural changes of the world. We read these texts in hopes of gaining a glimpse into the way others lived before us. We study the geological and anthropological teachings and writings; sometimes developing a differing opinion. It is when we find artifacts that often lead us to often question previous theories regarding geology and the history of the world and man.


While excavating in Ica, Peru, there was a discovery made which leads some to believe that it has to be a hoax. A doctor by the name of Cabrera, found hundreds of ceremonial burial stones located within the tombs of the ancient Incas. In the early 1930s, more than a thousand of these stones were recovered, with an estimation of being between 500 to 1,500 years old. The name given to these cultural gems is the Ica Stones. On the stones, there are various interesting etchings.


Some of the stones depict graphic sexually material, which was quite common to find within the Inca culture. Other stones displayed etchings of idols, while some presented procedures, such as brain transplants and open-heart surgery. One of the most fascinating depictions of them all are the dinosaurs that are represented on some of the stones. Dinos, such as the brontosaurs, triceratops, stegosaurus, as well as the pterosaurs, can be clearly found on some of the stones. These depictions are so unbelievable that some dismiss the stones as a hoax. Whether or not they are real or a hoax has yet to be determined.


The discovery of the stones prompted an exhibition of this find, which are kept at the Museo de Piedras Grabadas (Engraved Stones Museum), located in Ica. This is where thousands of the stones can be scrutinized. Although the realness of these stones are up in the air, the Peruvian National Chamber of Tourism lists Cabrera’s museum as a tourist site. 


During an archeological excursion during 1938, Dr. Chi Pu Tei ventured into the Baian-Kara-Ula Mountains, located in China. As he explored a few caves, he discovered that they were inhabited by an ancient culture of some sort. Covered by decades of dust, the cave floor revealed numerous stone disks. The disks measured at about nine inches in diameter. Each stone disk displayed a circle cut into the center, surrounded by etchings in a spiral arrangement. The disks could be compared to what some would say looks like a phonograph record.


The ancient artifacts, which were dubbed the “Dropa Stones,” can be traced back between 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Later, the spiral groove was believed to be a collection of minute hieroglyphics that told a tale involving “spaceships” that originated from another world. The story goes on to state that the ships crashed into the mountains, which was controlled by a people referred to as the Dropa. It is also believed that the remains of the Dropa descendents were found within the cave.