Monthly Archives: March 2012

Puma Punku

Puma Punku is a temple complex created by the Tiwanaku culture located at an elevation of twelve thousand nine hundred feet above the sea in Bolivia. It is one of three settlemets attributed to the Tiwanaku culture. At the site we find huge megalithic stones some weighing up to 440 tons (600 full sized cars). The quarry from where these stones were carried from lies 10 miles from the site. Modern Archeologists propose the same explanation here as they do for all the other megalithic buildings of antiquity, that the stones were transported by rolling them on wooden logs. What they neglect to take into account is that Puma Punku lies in a broad, unprotected, arid plain that hosts no trees as its elevation places it above the natural tree line. Continue reading

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The Antikythera mechanism

The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient artifact which served as a mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions. Uncovered in a ship wreck on 1900–1901, its significance and complexity are poorly understood even to this day. The device is displayed at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and its construction has been dated to the early 1st century BC. This fact is in odds with current understandings of mechanical engineering of that time. Artifacts of similar complexity and workmanship did not reappear until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks were built in Europe. Continue reading

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