by Ellen Lloyd

November 20, 2020

from AncientPages Website




Who made the 'Disco Colgante' and why?

Credit: Fractal Holographic Universe




Unknown High-Tech Device,

Representation of a Spiral Galaxy

or Something Else?



The 2,000-year-old 'Disco Colgante' is an object that was produced for unknown reasons, or at least it seems so to us, modern humans.

Was it an ancient tool, a high-tech device, ritual artifact or does it offer evidence of our ancestors' vast knowledge of astronomy?

It may just be a coincidence of course, but the 'Disco Colgante' makes us easily think this is a graphic representation of the Milky Way, or perhaps some other spiral galaxy.

How the spiral arms form in this type of galaxies is not yet entirely certain, but modern astronomers know a majority of spiral galaxies contain a central bulge surrounded by a flat, rotating disk of stars.

If the 'Disco Colgante' is indeed a representation of the spiral galaxy, then it shows ancient people were much advanced than previously thought.

Our ancestors' profound knowledge of astronomy has surprised modern scientists on several occasions.




Some of the world's oldest cave paintings have revealed ancient people had relatively advanced knowledge of astronomy.


The artworks, at sites across Europe, are not simply depictions of wild animals, as was previously thought. Instead, the animal symbols represent star constellations in the night sky, and are used to represent dates and mark events such as comet strikes.

Ancient Egyptians knew about 'Demon Star' Algol's variability 3,000 years before Western astronomers and constructed many temples, pyramids, and other sacred monuments aligned with the direction of the rising or setting sun, moon, a star, or planet marking an important day of the year.


The magnificent solar alignment phenomenon in Abu Simbel is an extraordinary event when people from all over the world come to watch how the Sun illuminates the face of Pharaoh Ramses II.

Many ancient civilizations studied the skies and made remarkably accurate solar and lunar calendars, ,

were these people also aware of the structure of a spiral galaxy?

'Disco Colgante' is, without doubt, a very interesting artifact but it does pose a challenge to anyone willing to determining its purpose.


The object is kept at the Rafael Larco Herero Archaeological Museum in the capital of Peru, Lima.

Arms of the Milky Way

and location of our Sun.

The artifact is estimated to be have been produced approximately 2,000 years ago, but 'Disco Colgante' has never been carbonated and we cannot say with certainty how old the disc is.

If you look closer at the disc, you'll see the number of arms does not correspond to our galaxy's arms.


The Milky Way has four main spiral arms:

  • the Norma and Cygnus arm

  • Sagittarius

  • Scutum-Crux

  • Perseus

If the ancient Peruvian disc is really a representation of a spiral galaxy, then it's not the Milky Way.

On the other hand, the small dot does indeed remind us of our Sun.

It has been suggested the artifact was made by the Moche culture. The Moche flourished and ruled the northern coast of Peru before the Incas, between the first and eighth centuries, at the same time the Mayas thrived in Mexico and Central America.


They dominated the desert through a complex irrigation system, built adobe pyramids, and, like many ancient cultures, used religion to unify society.


Archaeologists have unearthed many fascinating Moche artifacts but nothing that reminds us of this peculiar disc.

It's a beautiful ancient artifact,

but its purpose is still a riddle.


The purpose of 'Disco Colgante' remains unknown, but it's not the first time we come across puzzling artifacts that resemble parts of some high-tech devices.


The ancient Egyptian Schist Disc-Bowl is equally baffling and all these ancient objects simply remind us we still have insufficient knowledge of our ancestors' history...