Beads and carved images of sodalite have been found in ancient Indian ruins at numerous places on the Bolivian and Peruvian highlands of the Andes. A. Stuebel was the first to collect relics of sodalite in the ruins of Tihuanacu (Tiahuanaco), a settlement of the Aymara Indians near La Paz, Bolivia. These were examined and described by H. Fischer, E. Bamberger and H. Feussner. Prodgers who visited Bolivia in 1905-1906 makes the statement that the “Cura of Palca” told him that the early Jesuits had found “lapis lazuli” in the northern part of the Cerrania of Palca, and that the archbishops adorned themselves with chains of this material.

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