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Stone of Inga, Inga

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The Ingá Stone is located in the middle of the Ingá River near the small city of Ingá, 96 km from João Pessoa, in Paraíba State in the northeast of Brazil. The Ingá Stone is also called Itacoatiara do Ingá. The word Ita means "stone" in the Tupi language of the natives that lived in that area. It is a rock formation in gneiss which covers an area of approximately 250 m². Altogether primary, a vertical wall 46 meters long by 3.8 meters high, and adjacent areas, there are entries whose meanings are unknown. Several figures are carved in low relief in this set, suggesting the representation of animals, fruits, and human constellations like Orion and Milky Way.It is composed of some basalt stones covered with symbols and glyphs which are undeciphered until now. Scholars think it was created by natives that lived in the area until the 18th century. Unfortunately, the site is under constant danger of being damaged beyond repair by scavengers and vandals.Most glyphs represent animals, fruits, humans, constellations, and other unrecognizable images.Archeoastronomical hypothesisThere is a hypothesis that provides petroglyphs of Ingá an exceptional importance from the archeoastronomical point of view. In 1976, the Spanish engineer Francisco Pavía Alemany started a mathematical study of this archaeological monument. The first results were published in 1986 by the Instituto of Arqueologia Brasileira (Pavía Alemany F. 1986). He identified in Inga a series of "bowls" and another petroglyph etched into the vertical surface of the wall of Inga that formed a "solar calendar", over which a gnomon projected the shadow of the first solar rays of every day. The Agrupación Astronómica de la Safor published in 2005 a summary of this work in its official bulletin Huygens No. 53 (Pavía Alemany F. 2005).
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  • Beautiful place, with a lot of culture involved. Tab that drove the visit very attentive, however I believe Miss more disclosure of location so that there are more visits, it's sad a place like that, sometimes receive only a daily visit.
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  • It is very interesting to hear about the Ingá stone-related theories with local guides. The stone is very pretty. Could have access to other sites with registrations. The Museum could have even more pieces.
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  • For visiting hours the place opens at 9 o'clock in the morning. I arrived a little early, but the watchman (q lives neighbor) came to open the site. Soon in front has a label telling you the price 5 (whole) and 3 (student) but in reality (when I could understand why other tourists entered without paying anything and so visited the stone) that and the price p enter the Museum (a room with some replicas and fossils). P visit only Stone do not need to pay anything. For not knowing I paid at the entrance. Although after you get a guide, he simply did not support any p explanatories, even after being informed q ja had been paid the entrance fee at the Museum. We were ignored (for that is the hint, and may pay the fee directly to the Guide). The location and beautiful and great to spend some time and do a pequinique. The site has a simple diner and bathroom.
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  • Excellent site and beautiful scenery :)
  • Reserved corner and displays the stone inscriptions in relief, some without being deciphered and separate floor you'll find the constellation Orion. Worth the visit, without a lot of local structure. But great energies.
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  • Very nice to meet and feel a little of the natural history of Paraíba, view the Scriptures/paintings of ancestors is to hear a bit about the animals that inhabited the region in the prehistoric period.
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  • An interesting place with an intriguing stone, precarious structure more common knowledge Valley and the explanations of the local guide Marquinhos
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  • Important archaeological site near the highway. Worth the visit for sure, to try to unravel the mysteries of the place. Viva Paebiru!
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