300 miles south-east of Cuzco, in what is now Bolivia, 44 or so miles west of the modern city of La Paz, about 12 miles from the south end of Lake Titicaca, and some 12,500 feet (well over 2 miles) above sea level in the Andes mountains, is this:

The site is called Tiahuanaco. Today the local Aymara-speaking peoples call it Tiwanaku which seems to me phonetically the same word, perhaps with the pronunciation of a different dialect. 'Orthodox' scholars refer to the site as having been founded in about 200-100 BC, or even as late as 100 AD. There seems to be some concensus that Lake Titicaca was much closer to the site at its inception than now. This would mean Lake Titicaca was much larger then. But no one has apparently found strata to indicate such earlier high shorelines, or whether this is possible with the present land configuration before the water would drain down elsewhere. Others say it was settled by about 400 BC close by the Tiahanaco river.

The 'Unorthodox' view is that the site is much older, perhaps 15,000 years old. The intricate design work on the 'gateway' is said to be a long-term calendar and more, recording a 290 day year and a different, smaller moon much closer to the earth than the present large moon. The calculations are involved and complex. This causes others to argue it is all 'in the eye of the beholder,' and that the design is just intricate and artistic with no specific meaning. Here's another example of the workmanship at this site, some of which has not weathered well:

I suggest this site is the closest we have come to the quality of the Osirion in Egypt. Here's one more example of the remarkable precision in finished stone production:

This statue appears to be of a male. It has the goggle eyes, squared mouth we met in Sumer (Chapter 3). It also seems to have a breastplate, reminiscent of the Urim and Thummim we met in the Bible: Exodus 28. 30, and Leviticus 8.8. That relates to Aaron, the chief priest to the Israelite god or Immortal, Yhwh. Aaron had to wear bells and use the Urim and Thummim to warn Yhwh of his approach, or he might have been killed by mistake. (See my The Immortals, chapter 11). Urim and Thummim are also mentioned in 1 Samuel 14.41, but if you're reading the King James version you'd never know it. That's because the 30 or so scholars assembled by the king to translate the Bible, thought the words might mean casting lots to determine a course of action. But the New World translation has "And Saul proceeded to say to Jehovah: 'O God of Israel, do give Thummim.'" This translation has its own limitations though, as Yhwh is incorrectly rendered as Jehovah. The misconception of the King James scholars is understandable. There was no distance communication in 1611 AD except for ringing of church bells, lighting of beacons on hilltops, and such like. But in the 21st century we know better. Half the population seems to walk around with a cellular phone next to an ear. The Biblical system apparently ceased to operate by the end of Saul's reign, and shortly before that, communication was intermittent. For example, 1 Samuel 14.37 says 'Yhwh did not answer him that day,'

But back to Tiahuanaco. Let's look more closely at the image shown in the middle of the gateway:

It's said to be an image of the local South American creator-god Viracocha. We see the familiar goggle eyes and rays from the head (Chapter 2), one way of expressing the being's brightness. It evolved over thousands of years into golden crowns for royalty and halos around the heads of catholic saints. According to one south-American legend, after the great flood Viracocha went to a place now called Tiahuanacu and sculptured and designed on a great piece of stone all the nations that he intended to create. This was because the world's population had been almost completely destroyed in the great flood. Viracocha was said to have been of medium height, white, and dressed in a white robe like an alb, secured round the waist, and he carried a staff and a book in his hands. We might add an alb was a white vestment reaching to one's feet, worn for example by priests. Alb is just an anglicization of the Latin word albus, meaning white.

Two more items are of interest to us at this site. One is that it's said there are stone steps ranging up to 20 ft long, weighing many tons. If this is the case, it's reminiscent of the reporting we had of the same phenomenon in India (chapter 12). Another is that some walls at Tiahuanaco have stone blocks with human-like faces carved in embossed style:

Each one seems to be different, most seem to have the same headdress, and all seem to have goggle eyes. We might remember that these eyes, 'wheel eyes ' as the ancient Greek writer Homer described them, were the eyes of the Cyclopes, who were Immortals. The one Odysseus blinded was a son of Poseidon, the sea god. Here, at Tiahuanaco, almost all seem to have the square mouth. Perhaps the stone face was chipped back to enable the sculptured heads to protrude. Elsewhere in the Stone Civilization we found another technique. Designs or images sometimes do not seem to be incised into the rock, they are embossed on to the exposed dressed surface. We can do this today. For example, a steel door during its manufacture has a design mould pressed on to the door sheet so that the metal protrudes as a finished embossed design. We cannot do that with stone.

The much smaller blocks used in this wall may indicate a later phase of construction. We found various stages of construction at Stonehenge, and in Egypt with the pyramids: larger first, smaller, and less well finished later. If we are right in thinking that, as the ancient Sumerian writers tell us, the Immortals initiated civilizations and trained humans to do civilized work and supervised them, then the smaller blocks and inset heads may have been the work of half-Immortals and later humans of mixed Immortal-human descent. Creating a civilization involved far more than merely working with massive blocks of stone. It required vast irrigation systems; domesticating wild animals, alpaca and llama for example; domesticating plants, quinoa, for example, a highly nutritious grain-like seed; educating at least some of the populace to become literate; and so on. It is also interesting that 'heaven' and 'high places' are used in reference to the Immortals, and that one marker for Immortal presence in relatively low-lying or flat areas is ziggurats, or stepped pyramids. There seems no earthly reason why humans would have constructed such an elaborate and monumental site so high in the Andes as Tiahuanaco, moving huge blocks of stone for considerable distances. Why would former hunter-gatherers, after 5 million years suddenly develop the expertise and inclination to create such massive works around the world, in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America? High places seem to have been preferred by the Immortals, and mountainous areas were in use, such as high in the Andes at Tiahuanaco, or in ancient Greece at Mount Olympos and Mount Ida, but we don't know why.

There is another site, in North America, about 20 miles north east of present day Mexico City, in Mexico. It's said to have been founded in about 200 BC and grew rapidly in extent. The site includes a so-called Ziggurat of the Sun, a smaller one of the Moon, and an 'Avenue of the Dead.' It's said that in its most flourishing era, about 200 AD, the population reached over 125,000. By the 700s AD the site was deserted and had begun a return to a state of nature and overgrowth. No one knows who founded it, what language its people spoke, or why it collapsed. Apparently no evidence of mass deaths has been found, indicating plague of some kind overtook the population. Such evidence was found at a site in north-east ancient Egypt. This Mexican site is called Teotihuacan.

The fact that it apparently is composed of ziggurats and other construction using relatively smaller blocks of stone, and not 100 ton megaliths, suggests Teotihuacan is an example of the late stages of the Stone Civilization, bordering on the Modern Age. Why I mention it here is for two reasons. First. Its anonymity. No one knows anything informative about it. Secondly, its name: Teotihuacan. This is said to translate as 'City of the Gods.' It is the name given to the city not by its inhabitants, but to it by the local people who gradually moved into the area after its unexplained demise. I suggest it may be further evidence that ties in with my The Immortals (chapter 6) regarding the description by an ancient writer of the removal of certain Immortals from the European area of activity, due to overcrowding, to the Americas, north and south. I suggest it may be that this was the final collection site for the thousands of proliferated Immortals who apparently left this planet, and just possibly did so from the traffic-laden site of the plains of Nazca.