I met Dr. Javier Cabrera (1924-2001) in 1990 while visiting the famous Paracas Candlestick. At that time I didn’t have the idea that his museum of engraved stones was located downtown Ica city. The Cabrera house is also a historical landmark since it originally belonged to Conquistador Jeronimo Luis de Cabrera y Toledo founder of Ica. The other Cabrera house is located near downtown Cuzco; nowadays it is owned by a local bank.
I can say that our encounter was of two old friends which haven’t seen each other in years. Despite his strong personality and commanding voice, Dr Cabrera was kind enough to showed me his collection of thousand of engraved stones and explain to me his research and theories about an ancient civilization. One thing I learned from my first visit is that if you did not have at least some idea about Archaeology, Astronomy, History, Paleontology the information can be overwhelming. That very first visit lasted six hours and somehow despite the age difference and the distance we remained in contact for several years.
Of course I was aware before my visit of several rumors of hoax about Dr. Cabrera’s research and his association with Basilio Uchuya. The humble local farmer that became involved in a scandal related with the stones that finally ended when he declare he was the one doing the carvings to avoid prison fro illegal excavations. Dr. Cabrera’s research started back in 1966 when a good friend gave him one small engraved stone for his birthday. Ten years later he published his first book “The Message of the Engraved Stones”.Based on a partial study of 11,000 stones that he meticulously classified all those years.
In one of my visits he showed me the visitors books and I was able to read the names of several ambassadors accredited in Peru and former NASA scientist Ing. Joseph Blumrich who supported the authenticity of the stone along others not less important visitors. One of the intriguing results of Dr. Cabrera research is the finding about the trajectory of comet Kohoutek discovered by Czech Astronomer Lubos Kohoutek in 1973. Based on his studies of one particular stone that shows symbolic drawings about several constellations, planets of our solar system and a comet that Dr. Cabrera identified as Kohoutek the very same year that was discovered. Dr. Cabrera sent a letter questionnaire to the Observatory of Paris in Meudon on 1974 that confirmed the hyperbolic trajectory and the position of the planets according to the engravings. This results gave him the clue that a previous civilization was indeed deeply involved in the study of Astronomy. The same subject was brought by a new generation of alternative researchers as John A. West, Robert Schoch, Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock.
Few people know that Dr. Cabrera was a secret admirer of Daniel Ruzo (1900-1993). Another Peruvian who researched solo the now well known Marcahuasi plateau in the highlands of Lima. He was also an advocate of an ongoing research to find out more about the existence of an ancient race that left their traces there and in several other areas of the planet. In fact Daniel Ruzo was an initiated in ancient secrets schools of eastern and western origin and a friend of French scientist Jacques Bergier, co-author of the all the time best selling book “The Dawn of the Magicians” ( El Retorno de los Brujos) with Louis Pauwels.
In my opinion Cabrera was a pioneer in his own way. Collecting, researching and studying hundreds and hundreds of engraved stones in his centennial studio in Ica. He deciphered the desperate message from an ancient civilization that achieve a different yet high level of civilization before a disaster of biblical proportions. Three decades ago this theories were considered absurd and fantastic. However, there is a current and new field called “alternative history” that incorporate the leading researchers investigators in this field.
Many of them did not have the opportunity to meet Dr. Cabrera and his findings but it doesn’t mean that his legacy is over. Fortunately his daughter and President of the Javier Cabrera Foundation Eugenia Cabrera Claux continues as caretaker of the museum and took the foundation to the next step as an educational program opening his doors for private, public institutions and researchers who want to have a closer look of the ongoing research about the engraved stones and the technique used to built them.