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Some A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ artifacts are truly puzzling because it’s difficult to figure out their purpose.

The 2,000-year-old Disco Colgante is an object that was produced for unknown reasons, or at least it seems so to us, modern humans. Was it an A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ tool, a high-tech device, ritual artifact or does it offer evidence of our ancestors’ vast knowledge of astronomy?

Who made the Disco Colgante and why?

It may just be a coincidence of course, but the Disco Colgante makes us easily think this is a graphic representation of the Milky Way, or perhaps some other spiral galaxy.

How the spiral arms form in this type of galaxies is not yet entirely certain, but modern astronomers know a majority of spiral galaxies contain a central bulge surrounded by a flat, rotating disk of stars.

If the Disco Colgante is indeed a representation of the spiral galaxy, then it shows A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ people were much advanced than previously thought.

Our ancestors’ profound knowledge of astronomy has surprised modern scientists on several occasions.

Some of the world’s oldest cave paintings have revealed A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ people had relatively advanced knowledge of astronomy. The artworks, at sites across Europe, are not simply depictions of wild animals, as was previously thought. Instead, the animal symbols represent star constellations in the night sky, and are used to represent dates and mark events such as comet strikes.

Ancient Egyptians knew about ‘Demon Star’ Algol’s variability 3,000 years before Western astronomers and constructed many temples, pyramids, and other sacred monuments aligned with the direction of the rising or setting sun, moon, a star, or planet marking an important day of the year. The magnificent solar alignment phenomenon in Abu Simbel is an extraordinary event when people from all over the world come to watch how the Sun illuminates the face of Pharaoh Ramses II.

Many A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ c̳i̳v̳i̳l̳i̳z̳a̳t̳i̳o̳n̳s̳ stud̳i̳e̳d the skies and made remarkably accurate solar and lunar calendars, but were these people also aware of the structure of a spiral galaxy?

Disco Colgante is, without doubt, a very interesting artifact but it does pose a challenge to anyone willing to determining its purpose. The object is kept at the Rafael Larco Herero Archaeological Museum in the capital of Peru, Lima.

Arms of the Milky Way and location of our Sun.

The artifact is estimated to be have been produced approximately 2,000 years ago, but Disco Colgante has never been carbonated and we cannot say with certainty how old the disc is.

If you look closer at the disc, you’ll see the number of arms does not correspond to our galaxy’s arms. The Milky Way has four main spiral arms: the Norma and Cygnus arm, Sagittarius, Scutum-Crux, and Perseus. If the A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ Peruvian disc is really a representation of a spiral galaxy, then it’s not the Milky Way.

On the other hand, the small dot does indeed remind us of our Sun.

It has been suggested the artifact was made by the Moche culture. The Moche flourished and ruled the northern coast of Peru before the Incas, between the first and eighth centuries, at the same time the Mayas thrived in Mexico and Central America. They dominated the desert through a complex irrigation system, built adobe pyramids, and, like many A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ cultures, used religion to unify society. Archaeologists have unearthed many fascinating Moche artifacts but nothing that reminds us of this peculiar disc.

It’s a beautiful ancient artifact, but its purpose is still a riddle.
The purpose of Disco Colgante remains unknown, but it’s not the first time we come across puzzling artifacts that resemble parts of some high-tech devices. The A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ Egyptian Schist Disc is equally baffling and all these A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ objects simply remind us we still have insufficient knowledge of our ancestors’ history.

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