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Postby nightwolf » Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:23 am

Tiahuanacu (also called Tiwanaku) is a mystery because of its age (estimated to be 17,000 years) and the peculiar stone technology.

Today there is little doubt that Tiahuanaco was a major sacred ceremonial centre and focal point of a culture that spread across much of the region. The ancient people built a stone pyramid known as the Akapana

Gateway of the Sun, Tiahuanaco
(courtesy of and Martin Gray)

Entrance to Kalasayaya temple, Tiahuanaco, Bolivia
(courtesy of and Martin Gray)

That structure dominates the bottom half of this aerial photo.

When first discovered the pyramid was largely covered with soil. After several decades of excavation some of the walls have been uncovered and treasure hunters opened a depression in the top. This was built originally to open towards the east. The dark line across the lower part of the picture is the railway line from a lakeside port to La Paz, the Bolivian capital. The rectangular outline just 'above and to the left ' of the Akapana is a terreplein. known as the Kalasasaya. The lighter patch with an indistinct outline 'above' the Akapana is where an excavated semi-subterranean 'temple' has been discovered. Other features are visible but most of the 'patches' are fields. The upper part of the picture is crossed by the road from the the village of Tiwanaku leading eastwards to La Paz. (taken from 'Pathways to the Gods' by Tony Morrison 1978).

Just an introduction to those not familiar with Puma Punku. This is one of the keys for the AAT theory and my favorite part of the article was to do with the mythology/religion beliefs of the article.
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Postby Bibliophile » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:21 pm

Whenever I see this site I think of CAD programs and their ability to manipulate architectural design elements.

I think it would be a worthwhile grant project to input data from all artifacts on this site and allow such a program to (re)construct what the original builders had in mind.
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Postby En-Lugal » Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:36 pm

One of my favorite places of wonder.
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Postby Firefly » Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:21 am

The damage and debris at Puma Punku appears to indicate the site was most probably destroyed by some sort of high energy blast. The design of the interlocking stonework with its dovetail elements, volume, and weight would have resulted in an extremely strong and stable structure and the amount of energy required to create the level of destruction evident at this site would be tremendous. So how could that much energy be generated and who or what could have produced it? One theory involves a race of extraterrestrials who came to Earth, built the site, and then destroyed it when they left. Another theory is that one extraterrestrial race built the site and another extraterrestrial race destroyed it during or as the result of a war. Yet another theory states the destruction and damage to the site was the result of a flood that took place at the time nearby Lake Titicaca was created.
If we compare the design, construction method, and sophistication of workmanship of Puma Punku with that of Tiahuanaco, less than a mile away, we see a marked difference between them. Clearly they were not designed and constructed by the same builders although modern archeologists claim the sites were built by the Imara, a civilization that had no written language. If the Imara built Puma Punku why did they not use the same construction methods to build their homes and cities? If they built both sites why the stunning difference in design and construction? And if the destruction was the result of a flood, why was one site so utterly destroyed and the other not?
Puma Punku is a fascinating enigma.
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