1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond (3.8.09)

BAFFLING MONUMENTS [2g]

In a remote area of the Pacific Ocean lies one of the most isolated, yet inhabited, locations in the world: Easter Island.

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Here, over 800 stone guardians, called Moai, stand watch over the island’s coastline. But are they primitive native carvings, or eerie portraits of alien visitors from thousands of years ago?

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“Whatever they were here for, they’re made to last for thousands of years. They’re built out of blocks of stone that weigh many, many tons.  Not only are people building structures out of the huge, megalithic blocks of stone, but this was going on around the world. And yet, supposedly, it’s just primitive people doing this, for no really good reason, it would seem.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“I think one of the things that comes into our considerations of what ancient cultures could’ve accomplished is whether they were able to write it down or not. We’re very tied to, if we have evidence that they wrote down how they did it, then we believe we know how they did it. So, Egypt, we have a lot more writings and drawings that show them building the pyramids, give us an idea of the technology. If you go somewhere like Easter Island, we don’t have any real written evidence of what they did and sometimes that leads us to question their innovativeness.”

– Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist / Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

3,000 miles away, in the Republic of Bolivia, stonework exists which is amazingly similar to the statues of Easter Island. Tiahuanaco, an ancient pre-Columbian archaeological site, is in fact, so ancient that it defies modern-day dating techniques.

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Tiwanaku (Spanish: Tiahuanaco or Tiahuanacu)

It is estimated to be over 17,000 years old – perhaps the oldest city in the world. And somehow, the sculptures at Tiahuanaco were constructed in the same style and with the same enigmatic expressions as their distant cousins on Easter Island.

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“A lot of the stuff with Tiahuanaco, you can see in earlier civilizations. All the way back, you know, before into the centuries BC. In Peru, you see some of these same patterns, some of the same iconography, imagery. And you can see the ancestry of this.”

– Arthur Demarest, Ph.D.
(Archaeologist, Vanderbilt University)

But while tourists flock to the ruins of Tiahuanaco, perhaps the most mystifying of all ancient sites lies just a few hundred yards away, of relatively little interest to most visitors. Puma Punku is a field of stone ruins that both thrills and stimulates the imaginations of Ancient Alien Theorists.

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“In my opinion, the most significant piece of evidence that we have in this entire Ancient Astronaut puzzle, is Puma Punku, in the highlands of Bolivia. While the pyramids at Giza are an incredible feat of achievement, compared to Puma Punku, the pyramids are child’s play. Logic does not exist at Puma Punku, because there, we have megalithic structures which just lie about this entire site as if ripped apart by some sort of great force.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

The blocks of Puma Punku were so finely cut that they once perfectly interlocked, like the pieces of an elaborate puzzle. 

But with the nearest quarry over ten miles away, how did these colossal stones, some weighing hundreds of tons, even get here?

“We are talking about a place 4,000 meters over sea level. That means there are no trees up there which you could use for rollers. Nothing grows, except a few grasses and bushes.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods? )

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“I have stood in front of many monuments. However, Puma Punku takes the crown. Because what we find there is so inexplicable, so in-achievable, that the question remains, how was it done, and for what purposes? Mainstream archaeologists say that Puma Punku was built by the Aymara Indians. And we would have to agree that in order to build something like Puma Punku, you need writing, you need planning, and you need some sort of idea where each piece goes and how it ultimately all fits together. But there is one thing that all the mainstream archaeologists agree upon – that the Aymara didn’t have any writing. So, how was it possible that they built all this without plans?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“What’s really amazing and why the Ancient Astronaut Theorists are so drawn to Puma Punku and Tiahuanaco is that the quality of the stonework and the immense size of these blocks is so incredible and perfect that there’s actually evidence of machining. And that they were using machine tools to cut these blocks.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“One of these platforms is 800 tons and they are so smoothly polished. You have some stone, megalithic stones, with grooves which are just few millimeters inside. Which definitely cannot be made with Stone Age chisels. It doesn’t work with Stone Age chisels. So, there is another technology behind it.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods? )

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The lines cut into these rocks are exactly straight and precisely the same depth from one end to the other.

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“It’s as if only master builders were allowed to work there. Because everything is so precise, everything is so perfect, you wonder how any of this was even possible. One of the most intriguing things there is that the stones that were used there aren’t sandstone, they’re granite and diorite. The only stone that’s harder than diorite is diamond. So, the only way that this could’ve been achieved is if the tools were tipped with diamonds.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“American professors who were up there with their computer and modern measurements, they were really shocked. In their literature, they say it is impossible to reconstruct Puma Punku. It’s absolutely impossible.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods? )

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But is it really difficult to believe that ancient peoples could have so precisely carved these stones, or could build such an incredibly intricate structure from them?

“If it was Ancient Astronauts teaching them these building techniques, why don’t we see just perfect almost skyscraper like vertical edifices? Everything was all pyramid-like? Stone-cutting techniques have been invented and reinvented, and independently invented all over the world. If you think of yourself as a god king, and you want to have a structure built that’s going to last thousands of years, it’s much better to build it out of perfectly fitting stones without mortar that degrades and decays and has to be maintained. So, we see mortar-less structures, megalithic structures all over the world.”

– Todd Disotell, Ph.D. (Anthropologist, New York University)

“You have an anomaly here. Where on one hand, these people are supposed to be very primitive – they’re just one step out of the Stone Age – yet, what they’re doing are things we couldn’t even do today, apparently. Or would have extreme difficulty. And that is building with these giant blocks of stone, perfectly fitting them together with other blocks, interlocking them.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“The ancient people of our time, on this planet, truly saw some strange things. They witnessed bizarre events. But those stories, other than in depictions and some artwork and things like that, they’re gone for some reason, they’re just gone. But left behind are incredible things that we have that make you wonder how the heck were these things built? Those are great mysteries and I think one of the things that keep people just continuing to push for the answers are the fact these things are so out there that they can’t figure it out.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

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But uncovering the mystery of just how these incredible structures were built would only solve one piece of the puzzle. Finding out why they were built and how they were used, poses equally compelling questions. Questions that may not be answerable here on Earth.

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References:

[1] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: Season 1. [DVD Back Cover]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: April 20, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-1.

[2a] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Introduction]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2b] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: The Catalyst]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2c] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Gods on High]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2d] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Biblical Evidence]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2e] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Illustrated History]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2f] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: The Pyramid Puzzle]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2g] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Baffling Monuments]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2h] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Egyptian Electricity]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

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[2j] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Continuing Controversy]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

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[4] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.3 – The Visitors. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: April 27, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-1.

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[7] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.6 – The Return. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: May 25, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-1.

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