Absolutely fascinating, I'm really glad you've shared this. S & F without a doubt, most interesting & pleasant thread I've read in a while. I look
forward to watching the videos tomorrow, and the extra research that will doubtless keep me occupied in moments of downtime..
I hadn't heard of this particular monolith before, but it does seem to concur with the legends of the pre-Inca time, of 'gods' who demonstrated
various practical skills to former slaves/ small tribes of curious natives. The gods were credited with building all the megalithic works in stone,
it was they who studied & traversed the Heavens & worked the Earth in a sophisticated manner, coming and going according to their mysterious purposes.
I know you'll have a shedload of professional debunkers & armchair archaeologists who claim that everything in Peru is the work of the Incas - but the
Inca themselves claim no knowledge of who built the megalithic structures, except for the oral legends of advanced 'gods' with strange powers. They
must find it really funny the way in which modern archaeology/ anthropology consistently tries to ignore or debunk their reports that a pre-Inca
civilisation, the very 'gods' even, were the ones responsible for the megalithic settlements of Meso/South America.
If it was their ancestors, they would readily claim the glory for the achievements of their predecessors. As it is, actual Incan stonework at sites
like Macchu Piccu is shoddy, plugging breaches where the original pre-Inca stonework has been damaged - yet the 'academics' claim that such piles of
rubble represent the Inca before they became skillful masons. The comparison in terms of skill, with regards actual Inca stonework & the megalithic
pre-Inca stonework, is equivalent to the writing skills of a four-year-old (who can just about spell 'dog' and 'star' as words on a page), compared to
the prosaic brilliance of JRR Tolkien. There is no comparison. You don't go from writing single three & four letter words on a blank sheet, to
writing complex and lengthy trilogies based in a complex imaginary world, which even possesses its own unique invented languages for various groups of
characters, not without a long period of learning, trial & error, before attaining the dizzy heights of mastery. Certainly not in the heartbeat of
time that is the evidenced extent of Inca society's rise & subsequent fall - it just doesn't happen. Besides, there is no evidence of an intermediary
period - it's either junk, or utterly sublime craftsmanship that only a handful of people in the modern age could even dream of replicating, and even
then some of the joints would be damn-near impossible, perhaps made easier with 3D computer-guided cutting technology, and complex adjustable jigs/
crane systems (to manipulate the load while it's being cut...)
PS - the Inca are descended from the diaspora of non-Peruvian societies, perhaps the slaves of the 'gods' or the remnant of the tribes who were able
to form a fairly cohesive society in the wake of the disappearance of the gods, in my humble opinion. The Inca appropriated some of the sites long
ago, but they didn't build them, and they admit as much - the monolith in the OP of this thread does look like the 'departing gift' given to a tribe
that a certain member of the society of 'gods' had grown fond of.
PPS - nobody has ever successfully demonstrated the conveyance of MP-equivalent stones from the quarry that supplied Macchu Piccu's builders using the
alleged Inca methods (the suggested methods were contrived by archeologists engaging in thought experiments, and did not proceed from the Inca
themselves; after all, they don't claim to have built it - ''It was here when our ancestors arrived'', etc) . Moving the stones across the divide
between quarry & building site with supposed 'Inca methods' simply can't be done - not without technological methods that are at least equivalent, or
even more advanced than what we have today.
PPPS - As a pre-emptive statement to the typical pseudo-skeptics, I would say that just because a modern man or woman finds carbon-based material that
can be dated effectively NEXT TO or WITHIN a megalithic site, it doesn't mean that the stones were quarried, cut, transported, finished & fitted into
the structure by the persons occupying the area who happened to leave the carbon-based material behind. Stones are not easily dated, and some would
say that it is impossible to accurately date the stone 'shell' of walls & arches, columns and monoliths.
Such things exist nowadays as merely the enigmatic ghost of what once was, many moons ago - an echo of mysteries concealed & forgotten.
edit on 17-4-2013 by FlyInTheOintment because: sentence structure & clarification