2012: Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods

Ask most people where the oldest civilization lived and you’ll hear answers like Mesopotamia (Iraq), Egypt or Iran. While these cultures can be traced back to 4000 B.C., the mysterious ruins of Tiahuanaco, in Bolivia, could be 14,000 years old If you think the Great Pyramid in Egypt is a technological marvel, wait until you see what artists and engineers were doing in Tiahuanaco. This culture thrived at the breathless elevation of about 13,000 feet. They managed to somehow move stones weighing up to 200 tons and invented modular building techniques that would even today, be cutting edge. The most famous icon of the archaeological site at Tiahuanaco is the Sun Gate. This has been described as a “calendar” almost as long as the monolithic gateway has been known to exist; thus the Sun Gate has also been called ‘the Calendar Gate’. This calendar sculpture, though it undoubtedly depicts […] Read More

2012: Puma Punku at Tiwanaku, Ancient Ruins in Bolivia

Puma Punku, or the “Puma Gate”, is part of a massive, ancient complex by the shores of Lake Titicaca, in Bolivia, called Tiwanaku (or Tiahuanaco). When asked if the Incas were the builders of this sacred site, the locals laugh and assure us that Puma Punku and Tiwanaku are much, much older. Astronomical calculations, geologic strata, and the legends themselves date this culture to around 15,000 BC, shattering the orthodox views held by both science and religion. Could Puma Punku and those who built it be re-writing history–not in ink or binary code–but in massive blocks of ageless stone? Puma Punku was once a harbor for the people who lived in Tiwanaku. Thousands of years ago, the land-locked salt-water sea we call Lake Titicaca had more volume and a higher shore-line than we see today. Its waters stretched all the way to Puma Punku, a rectangular harbor made from […] Read More