Unusual structures

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  1. How about Puma Punku for this section of the site? It has Unusual structures built and fitted like is a giant 3dimensional jigsaw puzzle.

  2. Puma Punku is certainly a headache for any mainstream archeologist, as it is supposed to have been built when only primitive people without any writing, were living there. How did they know how to build this way, and where did all the stone come from? Apparently it came from a quarry ten miles away down the hill. Furthermore , there are no trees with which to ferry the stone to the building site. Has the site been risen up by a geological process or were the stones brought there by another unknown process? However you look at it, this place seems quite a conundrum.

    1. I do wish you people would stop referring to the people who built Puma Punku as “primitive”: they were not! They were sophisticated builders in stone, with a long tradition of masonry construction, using a system of jointing that my have been designed to give added stability in an earthquake zone. Puma Punku is by no means “a headache for any mainstream archeologist”: it’s perfectly explainable in terms of what we know of the culture of the region at the time it was built.

      As for the trees, there are factors such as over-exploitation by humans in the past and climate change that explain why there are none there now.

      By the way, ‘archaeologist’ is spelled with an -ae- in all varieties of English, even in American, with its tendency to reduce the letters to -e- in so many places, against the mainstream of international English.

      1. A section on Puma Punku would still help a lot. People seem to think that you need more complicated tools than the sun, some string, and a rock to make right angles, and you can do without the sun if you really want to push it.

        I would also posit that ten miles really isn’t that far even without log rollers. A gravel or sand road makes moving blocks like that possible, but I’d expect a depot where stones would be finished and dropped off in lots in addition to a quarry based on my experience with modern statuary companies (I’m no archaeologist, myself, so I don’t know). With a human-powered team, your mechanical advantage is only limited by the strength of the rope and the number of guys you can line up (and even then, adding more ropes can also help), so really the solution to “we don’t have trees!” could very well be “add more dudes to the front there.”

      2. Could I point your readers to the ‘Debunking Ancient Aliens’ video on youtube, it goes into detail on Puma Punku and many other sites and myths. It does have a section on Flood Myths where a little confirmation bias shows through but, notwithstanding such, certainly gives food for thought and I found it’s logical explanations for many of the ancient monolithic “mysteries” to be worthy of consideration. I haven’t put up a direct link as I am unsure of site etiquette on such links.

  3. I subscrive to principal of Occam’s Razor – that the simplest solution tends to be the right one – but additionally, one has to be aware of making false assumptions, or indeed you need to be aware of the assumptions you bring with you to a problem.

    What you see at an archeological site is what was left after the builders were finished. You don’t get to see the objects and artefcts that were removed either. To assume any ancient peoples would have resorted to useing materials from unfeasably long distances when closer sources might have been used, and exhausted seems not to follow the principles or Occam’s Razor. A case in point would be the possible use of erratics as the source of the blue stones at Stonehenge. As I understand it, there is evidence that glacial activity moved stones from Wales and deposited it on Salisbury Plain, so to assume its acient builders went to enourmous lengths and expended huge amounts of energy and resources to move stones that could have been found much closer is absurd, at least it seems that way to me. The ‘erratic’ theory is finally beginning to win through but it has taken many years for this to happen.

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