reply to post by warrenb
Not really, the dating are well known, in the case above the pyramid is dated to 1437. So what other artificats do you have linking them to the
What is your alternative dating based on?
The problem with thinking that the Aztecs would have travelled that far is multiple.
1. The rather late development of the Mexica (what you call the 'Aztecs' )from the seven Nahua tribes from a homeland to the north of what would
later become their capital in Mexico. They had no particular ability in naval terms.
2. Could earlier Mesoamerica civilization sailed the thousands of miles to Indonesia? Possible, but highly improbable. For one thing they would have
had to have gone thru the Polynesians who were expanding in the opposite direction. The Polynesians make no mention of them. The Polynesians developed
effective long range sea going technology over centuries of efforts. No one in Mesoamerica had their development period-or motivation. There was
contact with other peoples in the carribean and along the west coast of the Americas, along the coast using rafts but this appears to have been a
coastal trade only. Although Heyerdahl proved that a raft might make it to Polynesia, there is no proof that they did.
3. Lack of any evidence of Indonesia cultural artifacts in Mesoamerica and vice versa.
4. The "it looks like" evidence is very weak, if you are going to build a raised platform you have two choices, a raised mound or a pyramid. A
common solution to the same problem doesn't mean a connection.
5. The Indonesians, Chinese and Muslim traders of the day don't seem to have been aware of the Aztecs either.
6. Also the pyramids looks more Mayan than Aztec, but then again see item 4. LOL
7. Those interested in this structure might wish to read:
Sbeghen, J. M. (2004). An analysis of the sculpture of Candi Sukuh in central Java: Its meanings and religious functions 1437-1443 C.E. PhD Thesis,
School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland.
Study of Candi Sukuh
8. A study of a specific art piece at the structure, in this case of the 'smithy'
This piece of art shows a smith forging a blade
We are of course well aware of the 'Aztec' ability to forge metal weapons........lol
Some more images of Candi
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