Awesome or Off-Putting: Band of Holes

Awesome or Off-Putting is a weekly delve into cryptozoology, ufology, aliens, medical marvels, scientific wonders, secret societies, government conspiracies, cults, ghosts, EVPs, ancient artifacts, strange facts, odd sightings or just the plain unexplainable.

No, it’s not a crass, gynecologically themed all girl indy band. It’s a strange place in Peru with thousands of large holes bored into stone and clustered into a pretty long strip. It’s weird alright – and there are several theories as to what the stone holes were used for. Those theories range from grain storage to UFO this-or-that.

We’re guessing it was built as a large, impossible to miss mini-golf course for giants.

Peru’s got some pretty weird ancient art work dotting there landscape. They’ve got the Nazca Lines – huge, ancient renderings of a monkey, an astronaut & what-have-you that can only be seen from the sky. As if that’s not weird enough they also have the Band of Holes.

Never heard of it? Well then read this splurb from

“These strange holes, stretching for a mile over uneven mountain terrain, were here for so long that the local people have no idea who made them, or why. Funny thing is no one really saw the big picture until the area was seen from the air.”

Nobody really knows what they are. Not only that, but there is debate over whether they were made by nature, by Peruvians or by aliens that transported stubby drills a really long way. has more on the holes:

“Each hole is a meter wide and just as deep. There are eight holes spanning 24 meters in width, marching in repetitive uniform fashion, from the Pisco Valley rolling over a mile through mountain terrain — finally disappearing in the misty mass of Peru. These holes remind …of the traces left by a massive drilling rig moving along methodically, testing the geology of the Andes for precious metals. Lasers have also left such tracings in the ground. Archaeologists say they represented defensive positions or graves for the ancient ones, except why would you bury anyone on a slope in rocky soil at more than a 45-degree angle?”

The only thing we really know is the holes, in hard rock, would be incredibly hard to carve out. Why would the natives go through the effort? Is there a religious purpose? Perhaps their king lost his keys.

In a mountain.

Whatever the reason – the strange holes are interesting.

Whoever made them.