In Search of Aliens episode 7 – The Mystery of Puma Punku: The ancient ruins of Puma Punku have mystified archaeologists ever since their discovery hundreds of years ago. The massive stones are precisely carved into blocks that are unlike anything found anywhere else in the world. Is it possible that the ruins of Puma Punku offer evidence of advanced technology being used in the ancient past?
And if so, might this technology have been provided by alien beings–beings who ultimately destroyed the site to conceal whatever they built? Ancient Astronaut theorist Giorgio A. Tsoukalos explores the construction and mysterious history of one of the most unique ancient sites on Earth. What was the purpose of the vast building at Puma Punku? Why is there no evidence of the precision tools required to create the unique blocks and sophisticated masonry found there? What could have destroyed this massive structure? Is it possible that Puma Punku is thousands of years older than previously thought?
In Search of Aliens episode 7 – The Mystery of Puma Punku
Pumapunku or Puma Punku is an entirely man-made terraced platform mound with a sunken court and monumental complex on top that is part of the Pumapunku complex. The Pumapunku complex is an alignment of plazas and ramps centered on the Pumapunku platform mound. Today the monumental complex on top of the platform mound lies in ruins.
Pumapunku is part of the Tiwanaku Site near Tiwanacu, in western Bolivia. It is believed to date to AD 536. After Akapana, which is believed to be “Pumapunkus twin”, Pumapunku was the second most important construction in Tiwanaku. Among all the names for the areas in Tiwanaku only the names “Akapana” and “Pumapunku” have historical significance; both date back to at least 1610. At Pumapunku several miniature gates which are perfect replicas of once standing full-size gateways were found.
Additionally to these miniature gateways, likely, at least five gateways (and several blind miniature gateways) were once (or were intended to be) integrated into the Pumapunku monumental complex. The foundation platform of Pumapunku supported as many as eight andesite gateways. The fragments of five andesite gateways with similar characteristics to the Gateway of the Sun were found.
Tiwanaku is significant in Inca traditions because it is believed to be the site where the world was created. In Aymara, Puma Punku’s name means “Gate of the Puma”. The Pumapunku complex consists of an unwalled western court, a central unwalled esplanade, a terraced platform mound that is faced with stone, and a walled eastern court.
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
Tsoukalos is of Greek-Austrian heritage. He is a 1998 graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. For several years he worked as a bodybuilding promoter and a volunteer in IFBB sanctioned bodybuilding contests, including Mr. Olympia. He produced and directed the annual IFBB San Francisco Pro Grand Prix from 2001 until 2005.
Tsoukalos appeared on The Travel Channel, The History Channel, the Sci-Fi Channel, the National Geographic Channel, as well as Coast to Coast AM, and was a consulting producer on 23 episodes of Ancient Aliens. He is the co-founder of the former Legendary Times magazine, which was last published in 2008. The magazine featured articles from Erich von Däniken, David Hatcher Childress, Peter Fiebag, Robert Bauval, and Luc Bürgin on the topic of ancient astronauts and related subject matter.
Tsoukalos also hosted the H2 series In Search of Aliens, which ran for one season in 2014.