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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 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 scavangers of artifacts 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 serie of "bowls" an another petroglyphs 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
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  • Stone inscriptions of unknown authorship and origin. In an excellent state of preservation despite their millennia of existence.  more »
  • We were driving from Joa Pessoa to Inga. When you leave the highway 230 towards Inga, you have to pass through the little village of Inga. Approx 1 KM after the town, the road splits. Take the right r...  more »
  • 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 :)
  • Unfortunately the Museum is scrapped, but worth a visit. The guide is great and has a lot of knowledge about the stone, fossils and local history.
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  • The place is spectacular. Just being in front of the cryptic signs that sucitam various theories and explanations is worth the visit. Are being made to ensure that the place has a better infrastructure to receive tourists.
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  • Wonderful place
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  • The Ingá stone, known as itacoatiara, is located in the State of Paraíba, the term comes from the Tupi language-itacoatiara "itá", "kuatiara"-scratched. To this day no one knows the meaning of the drawings. It is the constellation of Orion, in one of the stones. The archaeological site is located approximately 110 Km from João Pessoa. Several national and international archaeologists already tried to find out the meaning of the inscriptions, but so far, no conclusive result. Who is John Person, it is worth visiting the Archaeological Place of the Ingá stone. This is a rare opportunity to be able to see something that no archaeologist has managed to decipher.
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