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Who Built Pumapunku and Why?

Some of you might have read about ancient astronaut theories and the probable effects of such encounters on early human history.

While I skeptical about some of the more far-fetched claims of its promoters, it is obvious that encounters between humans and space-faring aliens (or their technology) in ancient times is a pretty plausible explanation for why anthropomorphic “gods” or “divine creatures” in many faiths “live in the sky and visit earth occasionally”. Both ancient Sumerian stories about Oannes and Indian ones about Devas make far more sense if they were about aliens who visited earth.

Pumapunku is one the most peculiar archeological sites in S. America. It is a very large megalithic site in Bolivia, with a few oddities.

1. It is over 4,000 m above sea level.

2. The craftsmanship on the stones, as well as their size, necessitates a high level of organisation, technology and social structure.

3. There is no clearly obvious purpose behind its construction.

Why spend so much effort building something of such high quality in an unfavorable place with hard to work materials? Who would do such a thing and why? IMHO, the relative lack of clearly human figures is also a bit odd- given human ego.

Note that this complex is near the more well known remains of Tiwanaku– which is another enigma in its own right.

I can post pictures of some truly unusual looking ruins at Pumapunku- or you can google for pictures of that site.

Comments?

  1. Joe
    March 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I’ve never understood why when examining megaliths, the conclusion always involves ETs being responsible for them. Homo Sapien DNA has been around something like 200,000 years. Many fairly advanced cultures could have come and gone over that space of time. Look at what we’ve accomplished over just the last 5,000 years. If an asteroid hit, or some kind of superflu killed everyone, what would remain after 10,000 thousand years? Megaliths, and that’s basically it. It’s also difficult to believe a species capable of interstellar travel would mess around with stone temples, nomatter how impressive. To what purpose? There’s a researcher who tries to connect these structures with ETs, but I think his other work is fascinating. Have a look.

  2. March 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    i’m tired of their “well, we don’t know why they built it…so it must have been for aliens” reasoning on those ancient astronauts shows. it’s quacks posing as real scientists whose sole basis for belief is just that “ancient man couldn’t have done it”….even though eye surgery and other types of medicine forgotten until modern times was conducted/done in ancient Rome.

  3. March 31, 2011 at 2:03 am

    There is nothing peculiar about these ones, at least compared to the ones of Egypt for example.

    Even at a 4000 m altitude. Those people were used to such an altitude and could work in it easily.

    “The craftsmanship on the stones, as well as their size, necessitates a high level of organisation, technology and social structure.”
    It necessitates also a high number of animals to carry. Plus you don’t need high level technology to construct such things.

    Btw, I work in the field of construction, especially in old techniques, so I know about it very much.

    Thinking of Balbek?

    • March 31, 2011 at 2:14 am

      “There is no clearly obvious purpose behind its construction.”
      It’s obviously a temple.

      Btw, such finely cut huge stones were usually cut with long saws.

    • March 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

      And Balbek. The monuments of Pumapunku are nothing compared to Balbek. Well, we know exactly what techniques were used in Heliopolis, and we can even reenact it.

      While the blocks at Balbeck are bigger, the ones at Pumaounku and Tiwanaku are much better preserved and in their original state- no roman blocks on top of the original ones.

      The think about Pumapunku is that some Western historians still can’t imagine that pre-Colombian Americans could do such things. Is this what you’re implying at?

      While most megalithic structures were built by humans- some like Pumapunku make you wonder.

      • March 31, 2011 at 11:58 am

        “no roman blocks on top of the original ones”
        If you mean Balbek, everything on top or below dates to the 1-2 centuries AD.

        Also, Balbek is situated near a fault line, it was damaged by earthquackes, but in the 5th centuries the bigger temple was destoyed like other pagan temples destroyed in this era. The smaller Bacchus temple is very well preserved.

        On the other hand, is Pumapunku situated on a fault line? How about weather factors on decay? Or type of stone?

        Anyway, from the photos of the site here:
        http://www.archaeology.org/interactive/tiwanaku/project/pumapunku1.html,
        the site is obviously human-made.

  4. March 31, 2011 at 7:25 am

    it is obvious that encounters between humans and space-faring aliens (or their technology) in ancient times is a pretty plausible explanation for why anthropomorphic “gods” or “divine creatures” in many faiths “live in the sky and visit earth occasionally”.

    And this is from someone who makes fun of people who believe in astrology?

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