Ica stones are a collection of andesite stones with variety of diagrams found in or near Ica, Peru.
Most of them have drawings of extinct animals, such as dinosaurs, advanced medical works, maps etc.
The stones are composed of andesite and vary in size from pebbles to boulders. They’re neither proven as hoax, not considered as genuine artifact.
The Ica Stones first came to the attention of the scientific community in 1966 when Dr. Javier Cabrera, a local physician, received a small, carved rock for his birthday from a poor native. The carving on the rock looked ancient to Dr. Cabrera, but intrigued him because it seemed to depict a primitive fish.
Hearing that the doctor was interested in the stone, local natives began to bring him more, which they collected from a river bank (not far from the famous Nazca lines).
This soon developed into a vast collection of more than 15,000 stones, many etched with impossible scenes. Whereas it might be difficult to prove that the fish represented a long-extinct species, as Dr. Cabrera thought, other scenes carved on other stones are not so ambiguous.
They clearly depict such dinosaurs as triceratops, stegosaurus, apatosaurus and human figures riding on the backs of flying pterodactyls.
Some of the scenes are of men hunting and killing dinosaurs.
Others show men watching the heavens through what look like telescopes, performing open-heart surgery, brain transplant and cesarean section births.
Other engraved stones have been either found within the Ica region. Archaeologist Alejandro Pezzia Assereto, a trustee of the Ica Museum in Ica, conducted official investigations in the Ica cemeteries of Max Uhle and Toma Luz. Within three different tombs, they found engraved stones dating from 400 BCE to 700 CE. The stones were embedded in the sides of the mortuary chambers. The engraved images exhibited by the stones recovered from these tombs include the image of a fish, image of a llama, and a geometric figure that is possibly a stylized flower.
In 1968 Assereto published his findings, including drawings and descriptions.
In the Ica Museum in Peru there is another smaller collection of stones called the Colca Collection, but they are not on display at the museum. Some collections of artifacts in Peru end up in the hands of wealthy collectors.
This is because grave robbers often go hunting for these artifacts, be they engraved stones, Nazca pottery or what have you, and then sell them to whoever will buy them. This grave robbery is rampant in Peru.
Another collection is in the possession of the Calvo Family in Peru. In the 1960’s, Santiago Agurto Calvo, an architect, reportedly collected engraved stones and has never given them up