The Hidden Megaliths of Patagonia: Land of the Lost Nephilim

By Mark A. Carpenter

A Megalithic Marvels World Exclusive

Map of Patagonia / photo via


Patagonia is one of the most exotic, primeval, and unexplored wildernesses on the planet. Patagonia literally means “Land of the Big Feet,” and it can be found at the southernmost edge of the Andes Mountains, stretching into Northern Argentina, and all the way down deep into Chile. The landscape is primordial wonderland that instantly transforms from temperate rainforests, into shimmering glacier fields, and again, into desolate wastelands of volcanic cinders. Since the age of discovery Patagonia has been a fascination, but now, technological advances, archaeological discoveries, and independent research is culminating into startling revelations that challenge conventional science and history.

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Mysterious Megaliths Emerge

Only days ago, Chilean photographer and explorer Fernando Gudenschwager Martini made contact with Megalithic Marvels and shared photographs of megalithic stones – one found halfway submerged on the shores of Lake Villarrica and another found standing in the Mapuche area. Some of the stones vaguely resemble the menhirs (standing stones) of Europe, as they are standing alone, are upright, and relatively rectangular. There are similar stones nearby that are not standing up, but rather, is resting on its side partially submerged at the edge of the lake. The find is so new and fresh, it is difficult at this point, to determine the precise dimensions; however, we can again liken the approximate quantities to those of the European standing stones, or some of the very familiar Andean Culture megaliths to the north. There is no doubt they are manmade, but the familiar, mysterious pattern of what is in doubt emerges: who built them, how, when, and for what purpose?

Megalithic stone near Mapuche / photo by Fernando Gudenschwager Martini

The So-Called Incan Road

The upright stones on the dry shore have an interesting feature, they contain small bore holes in peculiar patterns grouped together on the sides. Fernando passes along the suggestion that these hole represent star constellations, which is a valid theory since Incan and Pre-Incan Cultures to the North did indeed bore out stone depressions in order to imitate or reflect the night sky pattern of star constellations. Reflect here is used literally, as Incans and Pre-Incans created what archaeologists call “water mirrors,” which are depressions in stone that become filled with water and are aligned to “capture” the reflection of astronomical bodies. Historians and explorers (and of course the locals) have long known of the so-called Incan Road—which has been a major artery of travel, trade, and cultural transmission for centuries, even millennia. But, it is important to remember that the Inca, by their own history and the accounts of the Conquistadors, were an occupying force themselves at the time of the European invasions. In other words, the Inca got a lot of credit for megalithic constructions that in reality, were the achievements of the vanquished cultures that came before them, which applies to this road and the stones along it as well.

Inca standoff with Conquistadors / photo via

Enigmatic Encounters of Early Explorers (Magellan)

Between 1519 CE and 1522 CE, Portuguese born, Spanish crown commissioned captain Ferdinand Magellan circumnavigated the globe. According to the official chronicles painstakingly recorded by Antonio Pigafetta, as they approached the shore of this strange Patagonian land, they witnessed a giant, naked man dancing and anointing himself with powder. A crew member was sent ashore to make contact and did so by imitating the giants gestures.

Pigafetta’s account is as follows “When the giant was in the captain-general’s and our presence he marveled greatly, and made signs with one finger raised upward, believing we had come from the sky. He was so tall that we reached only to his waist, and he was well proportioned.” The explorers made contact with the giant’s tribe offering them gifts of food and drink, and there was note made they were utterly terrified when they saw a mirror. After a couple weeks, the explorers attempted to abduct two of them to bring home as evidence of their enigmatic encounter; however, the two they captured perished and were disposed of during the long odyssey back to Spain. Modern historians minimize this account by accusing Pigafetta of exaggeration, but aside from this tiny fraction, the entirety of the circumnavigation chronicle is hailed as exquisitely accurate.

Magellan’s giant encounter / photo via

Enigmatic Encounters Continued (Drake)

Then in 1579, English explorer Sir Francis Drake completed the second circumnavigation of recorded history. His expedition’s chronicler and ship chaplain Francis Fletcher recorded their similar observations of the Patagonians. The first detailed account of Drake’s circumnavigation was published in 1628: The World Encompassed, written by Drake’s own nephew who bore the same name. In it, he writes “Magellan was not all together deceived, in naming them giants; for they generally differ from the common sort of men, both in stature, and strength of body; as also in the hideousness of their voice: but yet they are not so monstrous, or giant like as they were reported; there being some English men, as tall, as the highest of any that we could see, but peradventure, the Spaniards did not think, that ever any English man would come thither, to reprove them; and thereupon might presume the more boldly to lie: the name Patagones, five cubits (seven foot and a half)[2.3 meters], describing the full height (if not somewhat more) of the highest of them.”

Chemamull wooden statue dimensions

The Chemamull and the Mapuche

There is indigenous cultural tradition that reinforces these claims made by early explorers. The Mapuche traditions are revelatory because they directly link this specific region of Patagonia to an ancient conflict involving spirit/deities, demons, the underworld and giants. But the most glaring tradition that jumps out, is the existence of the chemamull. A chemamull is a seven-to-twelve-foot-tall wooden human figure that marks ancestral graves. These wooden giants have long ears and facial/cranial structures, their hands are folded in front of them, proportions are oddly familiar, and their heads are capped by what appear to be headdresses. The resemblance to Rapa Nui aka Easter Island Moai (giant megalithic statues) is uncanny. It is important to remember that Rapa Nui is technically a Chilean Territory, adventurer Thor Heyerdahl claimed cultural links between the island andPeru and, Rapa Nui sits on the extreme Eastern Edge of the Nazca Tectonic Plate whereas this specific region of Patagonia sits on the extreme Western Edge of the very same Nazca Tectonic Plate, hence the radical and relevant geomorphology.

Rapa Nui Rabbit Hole

Taking a not-so-quick detour over to Rapa Nui, immediately undeniable connections can be made. Not only are the chemamull virtually identical to the Moai, both seem to stand guard over the graves of their masters as well as entrances to the underworld itself. Beneath the surface of Rapa Nui is a Swiss Cheese labyrinth of volcanic tubes. This maze of subterranean twilight and microecosystems was home to cannibals, who were a distinct ethnic group from, and warred with the Polynesians, this is not a matter of opinion—indigenous, oral traditions and archaeology reinforce each other on this account.

Two Navels of the World

Te pito o te Kainga a Hau Maka, is the original name of the island which means “The Navel of the World.” Imagine for a moment the planet is a sentient feminine organism, as has been suggested by mainstream scientific hypotheses like the Gaia Theory. If the planet were a sentient, feminine organism, then a volcanic tube from the surface into the subterranean realm would indeed then be a geological membrane connecting “womb” to “navel.” These ancient builders were very much aware of these governing dynamics of existence that parallel themselves repeatedly throughout nature, and by erecting structures in harmony with these dynamics, they “sanctified” their “sacred” spaces, what scholars call a “cosmogram.” But these terms, “sanctified” and “sacred” ought not be confused with hollow, modern religious practices/concepts, this was something different, this was something … geophysical, perhaps what the ancient, now empty traditions are based off of.

The Moai of Easter Island / photo by (unknown)

Enigmatic Early Explorer Encounter (Easter Isle)

On Easter Sunday April 5th, 1722, Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen arrived ashore, marking the first recorded contact between Europeans and the islanders. According to the chronicles of Roggeveen he and his crew witnessed gigantic, fair-skinned inhabitants, with long, drooping ears, red hair, covered in tattoos and body paint, who were engaged in some form of worship or veneration of the enormous stone statues. “Thus far my narratives will gain credit, because it contains nothing uncommon, yet I must declare that these savages are of more than gigantic size, for the men being twice as tall and thick as the largest of our people; they measured, one with the other, the height of twelve feet (3.7 meters), so that we could easily—who will not wonder without stooping, have passed between the legs of these sons of GOLIATH. According to their height, so is their thickness, and are all, now with another, very well proportioned, so that each could have passed for a HERCULES; but none of their wives came up to the height of the men, being commonly not above ten or eleven feet (3 or 3.4 meters). The men had their bodies painted with a red or dark brown, and the women with a scarlet color. I doubt not but most people who read this voyage will give no credit to what I now relate, and that this account of the height of these giants will probably pass with them for a mere fable or fiction; but this I declare, that I have put down nothing but real truth, and that this people, upon the nicest inspection, were in fact of such a surpassing height as I have here described.”  

Additional Anomalous Accounts

Another collection of very strange accounts comes from 1864 CE documented by the missionary Eugene Eyraud who recorded that the inhabitants were not remotely dependent on the ocean (same as the earliest inhabitants of Patagonia), but rather, were expert farmers and he also made note that the ruling class of this rigid caste system was genetically distinct. “These savages are tall, strong and well built. Their features resemble far more European type than those of the other islanders of Oceania.” Additional details about the traits of the “long-ears” do exist: “Their ears were so long that they hung down as far as to the shoulders. What the form of worship of these people comprises we were not able to gather any full knowledge of, owing to the shortness of our stay among them; we noticed only that they kindle fire in front of certain remarkably tall stone figures they had set up; and, thereafter squatting on their heels with heads bowed down, they bring the palms of their hands together and alternately raise and lower them.” 

Atacama Giant geoglyph, Chile / photo via br.pinterest

Anomalous Academic Archaeology

Mainstream historians give these accounts no credit; however, even the mainstream archaeology of Patagonia is swirling controversy and raising human origin eyebrows. First and foremost is the Atacama Giant, this fella is an enormous geoglyph anthropomorphically carved into the hillside representing a giant warrior wearing a headdress. He is one of five-thousand geoglyphs of the region, so many ancient mysteries … so little time. Most controversial and relevant to the giant/megalith/underworld mystery, are recent discoveries at Pilauco Bajo, Monte Verde, and Pali-Aike, these are all archaeological sites of extreme importance as they are some of, if not the oldest in the Americas. These sites contain human activity traces and artifacts that go back to between eleven-thousand to sixteen-thousand years old. They have discovered limited human remains, like a skull cap, and some cremated skeletons, but they have also discovered “fishtail” lithic tools/weapons and apparently, these Paleolithic men were hunting extinct megafauna like giant ground sloths, pumas, short-faced bears, and an extinct species of elephant. Please keep in mind that hunting Pleistocene (Ice Age) megafauna with handmade weapons would be physically challenging to say the least. 

Profound Patagon Proximity Patterns

Speaking of challenges, keeping culture, geology, geography, myth, science, all in perspective is difficult and often results in precious insights falling by the wayside. When the locationof the megaliths is plotted on a map, within a fifty-mile-radius, close to a dozen archaeological sites that are upending conventional theories of the peopling of the Americas are present. Then, within that same snug radius, grumbles an active volcano that the Mapuche call Rucapillán which means “house of the great spirit.” The Mapuche believe that Antu, a deity or non-human/spirit being, rules over the region from Refugio Villaricca. Without delving too deeply into their rich tradition, suffice it to say they recall an epic conflict between Antu and his legion of “pillan” (benevolent/angelic beings allied with Antu), and their clash with the wekfue (malevolent, non-humans who rivaled the pillan). Ultimately, Antu and the pillan are victorious, but the battle was so violent it disturbed the landscape and some wekfue escaped as the pillanimprisoned them beneath great quantities of stone and water. The Mapuche also maintain, that both the pillan and the wekfue interbred with mortal women and produced gigantic, hominid hybrid offspring, and they were likewise, caught up in the conflict and imprisoned in the underworld.

Nephilim Reflections

The mythological parallels to the biblical narrative are unavoidable. The Mapuche myth even states that the catalyst for the conflict was this interbreeding between human and immortals, just as the biblical account of the “Watchers” (rebellious angels) who violated their codes and impregnated mortal women with gigantic/lawless offspring—the Nephilim. More subtle details are reflected in Enoch seven and fourteen, in which their thirst for blood, knowledge of agriculture, and gigantic stature are all mentioned in conjunction with this sense of them lurking on the fringes of the netherworld.

Nephilim physiology / photo via


Early explorers claimed to witness giant hominids, archaeologists are reconsidering history, and megalithic sites are emerging, one thing is for certain, The Land of the Big Feet, Patagonia, cries out to us to investigate her mysteries and shed light on our origins.

Mark A. Carpenter (919)815-3834 /


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