Pumapunku – Among The Great World Mysteries
By James Donahue
If we accept the official written history of the human race, such a place as Pumapunku, Bolivia, should
not exist. That such ruins are found, at some 12,500 feet above sea level, with such precisely cut megalithic stones that
exceed anything modern tools could make today, and some weighing hundreds of tons, boggles the minds of all that climb to
that ultra-high altitude to view the site.
Like the Great Pyramid of Gaza, the ruins of the massive temple of Pumapunku should not exist. Yet
there they are. And even more of a mystery, with stones that carefully cut to fit flush together into a massive structure,
how can we explain how it all fell to ruin as it has? The pieces of that structure lie scattered over the landscape, as if
some giant tore it apart piece-by-piece. There is no sign there of fire or explosion, which in itself, would have had to have
been very powerful to have destroyed such a building.
Located near the shore the Lake Titicaca, at the border of Bolivia and Peru, the Pumapunku complex
appears to have been much more than a great temple. The remains of what appears to have been an entire city, large enough
for up to 400,000 people, and a massive stone pier that may have supported shipping on the lake, lie among the ruins.
But how could such a city have existed and flourished at such an altitude? The air is so thin at 12,500
feet that pilots flying at that altitude are pumping oxygen into their aircraft. How could agriculture thrive enough at such
height to support so many people? And even if there were enough workers available to mine, pull and erect such massive stones
into place to erect such buildings, how could they endure this kind of work while living in such thin air?
Archaeologists who have studied the area have concluded that the sandstone and andesite blocks used
in the construction came from a quarry near Lake Titicaca, located about 10 kilometers away, or from the Copacabana Peninsula,
about 90 kilometers and on the other side of Lake Titicaca. To get them from either quarry meant that the great stones had
to have been transported up steep mountain inclines to reach the site. How this was accomplished remains yet another great
The stones were finely cut to interlock with the surrounding stones. They fit together like blocks
in a puzzle, forming load-bearing joints without the use of mortar. The stones were cut with such precision it was said a
razor blade could not pass through the cracks. The sides of the stones were so perfectly smooth they appear flawless, even
to this day. And in some of the stones, perfectly cut round holes can be found. How did they do this without the use of powered
precision rock-cutting tools?
Archaeologists identify the civilization that existed here as the Tiwanakus. Research has suggested
that they were present from 700 to 1,000 AD, hundreds of years before the Incan people existed. The Tiwanaku engineers not
only were master builders, but they developed irrigation systems, sewage systems, and an agricultural system that covered
over 30 square miles.
To have lived there and accomplished all of this at such an altitude, high on a mountain, would have
required people with super-human lung capacity, they may have been aliens from another world, or the land at this site was
once much lower in altitude. Is it possible that there was a great upheaval of the earth that caused the destruction of this
great building complex and destroyed the Tiwanaku civilization at the same time? Could it have happened at about the same
time Atlantis disappeared under the sea?
There is a lot of world history that remains a mystery to us. And as long as the historical record
is trapped within the Christian matrix, and historians refuse to look beyond the record as accepted by "learned scholars,"
imagining what really happened may be difficult, if not impossible.