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Valley of the Statues


The Valley of the Statues is a valley in the Andean Region of Colombia, containing more than 500 statues of unknown origin. The nearest town is San Agustin, Huila. Purace Natural Park, on the banks of the Magdalena River contains many, with more as yet still buried. The site is open to tourists.

Discovery

The statues were discovered by in the mid-18th century by a Spanish monk, Fray Juan de Santa Gertrudis.

Age and Origin

Some archeologists estimate a carving date of the 6th century B.C., while others believe that they were erected just prior to the Spanish Conquest.

The origin of the carvers remains a mystery, as most of the site is unexcavated, and no writings have been discovered yet. Several of the statues are of animals such as gorillas or African elephants and others wear turbans. The statues vary in height, the tallest being tall. They are suspected to be funereal statuary.

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