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The Mystery of Tiwanaku Andy Roddick's Section 120
Tiwanaku ● In the Bolivian altiplano on the southern side of Lake Titicaca, feet above sea level. ● The Inca found Tiwanaku in the 15 th century; believed that they were the descendants of the creators of Tiwanaku ● Intricate, architecturally impressive stonework ● No written records ● Pseudoscientific theories abound to explain the rise and fall of Tiwanaku
Why Pseudoscience? ● Money ● Fame ● Nationalism ● Romanticizing the Past ● Mental instability
● Jim Allen's interpretation of Plato's Atlantis ● “The continent of Atlantis didn't sink – South America” ● Graham Hancock also supported Atlantis idea ● Faulty interpretation of symbols - “ancient elephants” ● Distribution of such evidence influences people's ideas about Tiwanaku.
Ancient Astronaut Theory
● Structures were created by aliens or with alien help. ● Depictions of gods were actually of aliens ● Ancient technology was not advanced enough to construct places like Tiwanaku ● Critics point out that technology was sufficient; that aliens could not have been a “mother race” due to biological differences; and that Daniken fabricated evidence for the theory.
Racism and Ethnocentrism “Either this data is to be explained by assuming these primitive idiots did this themselves or we must accept that the more plausible notion that they got helped from other planets where such technologies as anti- gravity devices had been invented.” Erich von Daniken
“[There were] two primogenital races from which the population of North and South America was formed...” Arthur Posnansky
Racism and Ethnocentrism ● Daniken argued that the “less advanced” Native Americans were incapable of creating Tiwanaku without alien help ● Posnansky argued that the “primitive troglodytes” descended from the true builders of Tiwanaku ● He viewed Tiwanaku as the cradle of civilization for all of the Americas
● Archaeology is made more interesting to audiences by embellishing details and selecting more striking facts. ● Some entertainment leaps outside of the facts, while the audience mistakes it for real archaeology. ● Sites are presented as magical, mystical, and mysterious.
Bibliography ● Albarracin-Jordan, Juan. The Archaeology of Tiwanaku: The Myths, History and Science of an Ancient Andean Civilization. Bolivia, ● Aldenderfer, Mark S., Charles Stanish, and Amanda B. Cohen, eds. Advances in Titicaca Basin Archaeology - 1. Los Angeles: Costen Institute of Archaeology At UCLA, ● “Atlantis Uncovered and Atlantis Reborn”. BBC Horizon. 28 Oct Apr ● Blom, Deborah E. “Embodying borders: human body modification and diversity in Tiwanaku Society”. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Volume 24, Issue 1, March 2005, pp 1-24.
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