Puma Punku

Puma Punku is one of my favorite sectors of Tiwanaku. The artistry and craftsmanship to achieve the level of precision that you see here is remarkable. For those interested in the other areas of Tiwanaku, I covered those in my previous post on Tiwanaku

The H’s of Puma Punku

A lot of these H’s are very similar in size and they feel like they interlock with each other. None are found interlocked but the symmetry makes you wonder if they were interlocked at some point in time. When you look at the back of them, it almost seems like the channel in the back is designed to slide the bottom part of the H into it. Perhaps it’s just my over active imagination 🙂

3 H's from Puma Punku

3 H’s from Puma Punku

Closeup of one of the H's at Puma Punku

Closeup of one of the H’s at Puma Punku

The back view of some of the H's

The back view of some of the H’s

Top view of one of the H's

Top view of one of the H’s

H's and other stones in Puma Punku

H’s and other stones in Puma Punku

Concentric Stonework

I think this is where a lot of people lose their minds. Look at how beautiful and precise these are.  Are they perfect? No far from it, but anyone that has ever tried to chisel stone knows how easy it is to screw up. It seems to me like there were a few screw ups. If you look closely at the little crosses it looks like some lost some pieces it shouldn’t have. Still these things are amazing! 

Concentric cross in stone - Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Concentric cross in stone – Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Four level concentric pattern on stone, Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Four level concentric pattern on stone, Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Another concentric pattern on a large stone

Another concentric pattern on a large stone

Concentric squares pass completely though the stone

Concentric squares pass completely though the stone

Straight cuts and bored holes

This for me was another impressive aspect of the Puma Punku site. I saw a guide flash a laser down the top of this block showing how straight the cut is. Also there are these small bored out holes that are almost all equidistant; truly remarkable.

Corner cuts on a super flat square stone - Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Corner cuts on a super flat square stone – Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Recessed bored out holes - Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Recessed bored out holes – Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Straight Lines and bored holes inside the lines - Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Straight Lines and bored holes inside the lines – Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Two bored out holes connected by a line cut - Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Two bored out holes connected by a line cut – Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Other Stonework and Views of Puma Punku

I am starting this section with the stone that confuses me the most. It’s the inverted cube stone. It looks like a cube was extracted from this block. The clean lines leading to the corner looked almost laser cut. It was just one of those things where you stood there looking at it in utter confusion. 

Inverted Cube Stone at Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Inverted Cube Stone at Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

   

I walked around the site to areas that were still being worked on. I didn’t really see any indicators that I was not supposed to be there so I kept on snooping around. In one area I found some water channels. You’ll notice the bone etchings where metal should have been poured to keep the stones from separating. 

Water channel in Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

Water channel in Puma Punku, Tiwanaku

While exploring I also saw something in some tall grass. I made my way over and it was this behemoth. What was it used for? No clue…

Enormous Stone

Enormous Stone

A look back at the Puma Punku Complex

A look back at the Puma Punku Complex

On my next post I’ll finish posting the balance of photos that remains from my time in La Paz.

 

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