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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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  • The Ingá stone engravings constitute one of the most important prehistoric brazilian heritage. Access is relatively easy via BR-230, although the road via Brazil who comes from Pernambuco has excerpts very spoiled. The site where the stone is well taken care of and simple, and should highlight the selflessness of those responsible for maintaining the small reception structure, including a mini Museum, in the area of protection of the monument. Recommend enough to visit.
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  • In the Ingá stone found unidentified inscriptions, which were left on the scene before the arrival of the Portuguese and probably before the natives found in the region. The inscriptions were made with sharp objects, and the handling of the metal was not dominated by indigenous era. It's close to Campina Grande, Campina highway access-João Pessoa. Very interesting for those who like history.
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  • It is interesting to know about the story, and Inga stone, the Museum featured the volunteer guide Marquinhos, who was sympathetic and explained well on local
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  • Excellent site and beautiful scenery :)
  • Lugar misterioso e tranquilo
  • A Pedra do Ingá, conhecido como itacoatiara, esta localizado no Estado da Paraíba.O termo itacoatiara vem da lingua Tupi - "itá" - pedra, "kuatiara" - riscada. Até os dias de hoje não se sabe o significado dos desenhos. Reconhece-se a Constelação de Orion, em uma das pedras. O sitio arqueológico esta localizado a aproximadamente 110 Km de João Pessoa. Vários arqueólogos nacionais e internacionais ja tentaram descobrir o significado das inscrições, mas até agora, sem nenhum resultado conclusivo. Quem for a João Pessoa, vale a pena visitar o Sitio Arqueológico da Pedra do Ingá. É uma rara oportunidade poder ver algo que até hoje nenhum arqueólogo conseguiu decifrar.
  • Uma bela viagem ao passado com comentários exelente do guia profissional. Lugar conhecido mundialmente! Reinaugurado em 07.2016.
  • Espetacular sítio da pré-história brasileira. Vale muito a pena visitar.