reply to post by UnitedSatesofFreemasons
someone watched the ancient astronauts show.
sorry but aint buying it.
The temple at Pumapunku is impressive and shows a great deal of stone cutting skill.
It is made of diorite a very hard igneous rock.
But its no where near as hard as diamond, no where near.
Diorite was used by many ancient cultures for carving things where fine detail was required. And it polishes very well.
The code of Hamurabi is carved in a diorite pillar.
The egyptians carved in it as did all of the ancient middle eastern cultures.
It was used for cobble stones and to build castles.
the wikki says the akkadians went to war to aquire it.
None of those people had diamond tipped tools to work it.
there are several ways to make the straight grooves, one is to saw it with a copper saw. Just like the do in quarries today and have for thousads of
First you chisel a starter groove then
You take a flat bar of copper saw it back and forth with water and sand, small grains of aluminum oxide(quartz) will imbed in the copper bar and
slowly and finely grind away the stone. Its time consuming and labor intensive.
drilling the holes is accomplished in the same manner
you have a copper rod that is the drill.
it is mounted to a wooden dowel, we'll call that the spindle. you build a wooden frame to support the spindle.
well say its like a table without a top, you have four legs connected by cross supports at the top and maybe the bottom.
there are 2 verticle boards on opposite sides of the frame that have a groove or slot running on center from top to bottom, a long groove like
On the bottom is a board, with stubs on the ends that fit tightly in the grooves, has a hole in its center that guides the spindle.
on the top is another board that has maybe has a dished piece of stone mounted in the center, this is the thrust bearing for the spindle.
it has tenons that allow it to move freely up and down in the groove on the frame, and handles which a couple of big guys can put force down into the
end of the spindle.
Add a bow to drive the spindle and you have a basic drill press that has been used for millenia.
As the bowmen drive the spindle back and forth the big guys push down on the spindle another adds sand and water and you drill a hole.
you put a stop peg in or use a gauge block and every hole is the same depth.
the indians of the area did use copper and bronze , copper is what they poured into the dogbone tie grooves.
The dog bones do intrigue me as that system shows up in other cultures separated by huge gulfs of time and distance.
there was very good documentary done at tiahuanaco with local stone masons, they showed the film maker how the stones were cut in the quarry and how
they transported them and how they carved the stones. They were working with a small number of men, but they were able to move fairly large stones
with ease. It was easy to see how if you multiplied the number of men you could move much larger stones.
And it was amazing how much work one carver could do.
Im almost certain that one of the many earthquakes that rock the andes brought the temple down.
the notion that tiahunaco and the surrounding structures are 14000 years old is ludicrous, they have been dated by sound scientific methods.