posted on Dec, 31 2012 @ 09:55 AM
The Romans and Greeks built great buildings hundreds of years BEFORE Puma Punku. One reason we khow how they bult those things is that the history of
ancient Europe was better preserved.
The ancient American people from 1500 years ago who built Pumu Punku could have certainly figured out the same kinds of engineering techniques used by
the Greeks and Romans, but those techniques could have been lost to history -- due to conquest and time. I wonder how much knowledge was
destroyed/trampled upon when the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the Americas?
It may be true that European civilization collapsed during the dark ages, and much of the knowledge of the Ancient Greeks, Romans, etc could have also
been lost to time. However, in the case of the Dark ages there was one institution which remained, keeping that knowledge and cataloging that
knowledge -- the Church.
The Catholic Church during the middle ages was far from perfect, and had many faults, but one thing they DID do right was become a library of
knowledge from ancient Rome (and the Romans were already a library of knowledge from the Greeks). The knowledge the church held was one reason the
renaissance AFTER the dark ages knew so much about the ancient world BEFORE the dark ages -- because the monks wrote it all down.
The history of European civilization (and, more relevant to this thread, the history of their engineering knowledge) was first written down by the
Greeks, and then (luckily) preserved by the Romans who wanted to emulate the Greeks in some ways, and (luckily agin) by the Catholic Church who had
monks who, through the dark ages, again preserved the knowledge of the Romans and Greeks....
...So there is a paper trail leading back to the ancient Greeks (the Chinese also wrote a lot down).
THAT'S why we know how the Greeks and Romans built great structures -- and it may be the reason we DON'T know how the ancient Americans did it. As
time passed and conquests occurred in the Ancient Americas, there may have not been anyone keeping records of their engineering knowledge. The
ancient Americans may not have been a cohesive enough group (probably due to the rugged geography) to have a single storehouse of knowledge --
libraries of their knowledge that would have survived until today.
I don't really get the logical leap some are making from "we don't know how they did it" to "so, it must have been aliens". The Greeks and
Romans were building the same sort of things even before Puma Punku, and nobody is questioning how THEY did it, mainly because it was written down how
they did it.
If the Ancient Americans had detailed written history of their engineering techniques, then perhaps that history was lost to time and conquest.
...However, just because we don't have records, does that mean it "had to have been aliens"?