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Puma Punku

Puma Punku

45 miles west of La Paz high in the Andes mountains, lie the mysterious ancient ruins of Puma Punku. The megalithic stones found here are among the largest on the planet, measuring up to 26 feet long and weighing more than 100 tons each. Puma Punku is a large temple complex or monument group that is part of the Tiwanaku Site near Tiwanaku, Bolivia. Tiwanaku is significant in Incan traditions because it is believed to be the site where the world was created. Puma Punku means “The Door of the Puma”.

As noted by Andean specialist, Binghamton University Anthropology professor W. H. Isbell,  a radiocarbon date was obtained by Vranich from organic material from lowermost and oldest layer of mound-fill forming the Puma Punku. This layer was deposited during the first of three construction epochs and dates the initial construction of the Puma Punku at 1510 ±25 B.P.

Puma Punku is so unique in the way that it was constructed and shaped and positioned, that it is the most intriguing ancient site on the planet. Mainstream scholars believe the blocks found at Puma Punku were formed by hand with primitive stone tools. But some researchers point to the intricate stonework as evidence of the use of advanced precision technology.

How exactly could such primitive people, living thousands of years ago, have produced such flawless stonework? Is it possible that the ancient builders of Puma Punku have fabricated the megalithic stones with advanced technology? Precision tools that could have facilitated them to accomplish these marvels of engineering and construction, clean cuts, precise angles, would that be really possible without the aid of “modern” technology? Many people today find that quite unlikely.

If you look at the stones carefully, you can see some intricate stonework, as though they used machine tools or even lasers. It’s incredible. At Puma Punku you will find these incredible stones with these perfect right angles, and some stones (like the picture above) has these small drill holes are basically evenly spaced along this groove so it’s clear that power tools have been used on this unusual block of stone, what other explanation could you attribute to this?

After years of research, archaeologists have said the massive stones were hewn at quarries over 60 miles away and then rolled to Puma Punku on logs. What we seem to forget and what nobody talks about is that Puma Punku is located  at an altitude of 12,800 feet, which means above the natural tree line so this means that NO trees grew in that area which means that no trees were cut down in order to use wooden rollers.

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How did they transport these huge blocks of stone to their destination? We simply have to many questions raised about the technology used, transportation, logistics, etc.. it is hard to believe that all of this was achieved without  the use of power tools and advanced forms of transportation.  Moving these massive blocks of granite from their quarries and bringing them to Puma Punku would have required some type of advanced technology, huge lifting vehicles– something that the ancient civilizations simply did not have, or at least that is what we think.

Puma Punku is simply put, one of those places where– when you look at those incredible constructions, manipulated with that much perfection, your imagination just fires up, there are so many possibilities at this point and conventional archaeological explanation just do not fit in ones logic at that point. You can believe until a certain  point what other’s tell you, but its very different when you– on your own are able to come to an conclusion by simply being logical.

The right questions need to be asked, and there are so many mysteries that surround Puma Punku… from the materials used to aid them in the constructions… to the constructions methods and transportation of the blocks and the answer probably lies in front of us.

In 1549, while searching for the capital of the Inca Empire, Spanish conquistadors, led by Pedro Cieza de León crossed into Bolivia and discovered the ruins of Tiahuanaco. Less than a quarter mile northeast of Puma Punku, scientists believe Tiahuanaco was once the center of a civilization with more than 40,000 inhabitants.

Now we know that  Tiahuanaco is probably the greatest Native American civilization that many people haven’t heard of. It was one of the most important antecedents of the Inca and their history, its level of achievement in architecture, in political development, in agriculture, in many craft industries are on a very high level and most scholars agree that Tiahuanaco was mysteriously abandoned around 1100 AD– like some other ancient civilizations like the Maya.


In the 1960s, the Bolivian government excavated and unearthed the Subterranean Temple at Tiahuanaco. Within the walls of the square sunken courtyard are hundreds of stone heads with a diverse range of features.

It’s said that there are all the races of mankind represented here, even elongated skulls, people wearing turbans, people with broad noses, people with thin noses, people with thick lips, people with thin lips, and some of the statues are particularly unusual They don’t seem to represent the local people. They seem to represent every type and shape of human head existing on the planet. Two of them, which are very intriguing, are white in color, and they look very much like grey alien heads.

Researchers believe a large statue at the center of the sunken temple depicts the creator god, known as Viracocha. Now why would the inhabitants of Tiahuanaco have depicted their most prominent god with features unlike their own? He has got a beard and a mustache and that is a very unusual thing, because American Indians do not have beards and mustaches.

One of the most important archaeological artifacts ever discovered in Tiahuanaco or Puma Punku is the famous Fuente Magna Bowl discovered near Tiahuanaco. It’s a ceramic bowl, and it has written on it Sumerian cuneiform and Proto-Sumerian hieroglyphic script but wait a minute, these two civilizations were not even close! they were separated by more than 8.000 miles and yet this draws a direct connection between the ancient Sumerians and Tiahuanaco and Puma Punku.

The idea of Sumerian writing being at Puma Punku and Tiahuanaco would seem to relate to the late Zecharia Sitchin and his ideas that the Sumerians were also interacting with these “space beings” called the Annunaki, in that case the Annunaki were there in Sumeria but also at Puma Punku and Tiahuanaco in South America. Amazing isn’t it? There are so many secrets out there that are waiting to be discovered and one thing is for sure, this region of South America is filled with amazing stories that will teach us much more about our past, present and future.


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