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Archaeologists and astronomers solve the mystery of Chile's Stonehenge

A solar phenomenon found above mysterious pillars, or saywas, was likely designed to broadcast the ‘sacred power’ of the Inca
The saywas are close to the ancient pathways of the Qhapaq Ñan – an Inca road network stretching from southern Colombia to central Chile. Photograph: Christian Handl/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

Growing up on the edge of the Atacama desert in northern Chile, Jimena Cruz was often made to feel ashamed of her indigenous identity.

On visits to nearby petroglyphs, her father would explain their history, while her mother situated them in legend. “I always had this relationship between the scientific and the cultural,” said Cruz.

But at school, this kind of knowledge was mocked.

“One day they asked us

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