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11522Re: [Precolumbian_Inscriptions] tiwanaku

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  • mike white
    Aug 1, 2009
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         ive been scanning tiwanaku with google earth.  some things dont add up.  first of all, the accepted site for tiwanaku is not near the water.  the 'river' is a half mile north of the site.  its difficult to judge the ancient fields from the modern, but an area of up to 150 sq miles shows the surveys of a dense population involved in agriculture.  major canals can still be traced.  a fraction of the population now occupies the area, that must have had a million or more in ancient times.  i see no advantage for the center of tiwanaku to be located where its not sited.  lake titicaca is now too salty for crops, yet the canals, and interesting geometric patterned field north of tiwanaku, appears to have been wonderful flower beds, perhaps for a palace - that has not been found.  maybe the canals carried fresh water then, from run-off of the slopes to the north.   it looks like modern structures were purposely built over the best ancient sites.  it looks like a million surveyed fields with no modern structures upon them.  every mountain slope is terraced almost to the top, with ancient unused fields. 
         tiquina should be dammed up, and titicaca on the bolivian side should be lowered or drained.  90% of titicaca would remain undisturbed to protect the ecosystem.  its almost certain that wonderful archaeological sites would come to light.  the old tiwanaku may be underwater now.  all we have now is a remote temple site.  the great municipal buildings and palaces have not been found.  tiwanaku was probably older and greater than babylon.  the ancients may have opened this channel to flood it on purpose.  the straits should be examined by divers for ancient works. 
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