Machu Picchu, the ancient citadel nestled high in the Andes Mountains, is a place of mystery and wonder. Built by the Incas in the 15th century, this site continues to captivate researchers and visitors with its impressive architecture, sophisticated engineering techniques, and alignment with certain megalithic structures and astronomical bodies. But how old is Machu Picchu, and how was it built? Let’s dive into the mystery surrounding this ancient site.
The Age of Machu Picchu: Older Than We Thought?
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu is its age. While it is commonly believed to have been built in the 15th century by the Incas, some researchers argue that it is much older. Author and researcher, Graham Hancock, for example, suggests that Machu Picchu is the remnant of a much older civilization. In his book “Magicians of the Gods,” Hancock states, “Machu Picchu was not a typical Inca site, but rather a ceremonial center of an older, pre-Inca civilization.” He further argues that the site’s age could be as old as 12,000 years and that it was part of a global network of megalithic sites connected by a common astronomical and mathematical system. He cites similarities with other ancient sites such as the pyramids of Egypt and the megaliths of Europe as evidence for this theory.
Another researcher who suggests that Machu Picchu is much older than commonly believed is Dr. Robert Schoch, a geologist and associate professor at Boston University. In his book “Voices of the Rocks,” Dr. Schoch argues that the megalithic structures at Machu Picchu show signs of weathering caused by prolonged exposure to the elements, which would not be consistent with a construction date in the 15th century. He suggests that the site could be as old as 5,000 years or older, and that it was built by a civilization that predates the Incas.
Furthermore, Dr. Schoch argues that the Incas could have simply re-used and incorporated the older structures into their own ceremonial center. He states, “The Incas were master engineers and architects, but they did not have the technology to create the massive blocks of stone used in the construction of Machu Picchu. They must have found the site already built and used it for their own purposes.”
In conclusion, while mainstream archaeologists and historians believe that Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century by the Incas, there are researchers and authors who argue that it is much older, possibly built by a civilization that predates the Incas. The age of Machu Picchu remains a mystery and topic of ongoing research and debate.
The Mystery of Machu Picchu’s Construction:
Another mystery surrounding Machu Picchu is how the Incas were able to construct such an impressive citadel in such a remote location. The citadel’s walls, terraces, and buildings are made of massive stone blocks, some weighing over 50 tons. These stones were quarried and transported from miles away, and yet, the Incas had no wheels or beasts of burden to assist in the movement of these stones. Historian Terence N. D’Altroy suggests that the Incas used a combination of human labor, llamas, and advanced engineering techniques to construct the site. In his book “The Incas: A Cultural History,” D’Altroy states, “The Incas were master engineers who used a combination of brute force and sophisticated technology to move and shape massive stones.” He further explains that the Incas used a method called “pounding and pecking” to shape the stones, in which they would pound the stones with wooden mallets until they reached the desired shape and then use stone chisels to smooth out the surface.
Another theory is that the Incas used a technique called “levitation” to move the stones. This theory, proposed by author and researcher, Christopher Dunn, suggests that the Incas used sound waves to levitate the stones into place. In his book “The Giza Power Plant: Technologies of Ancient Egypt,” Dunn states, “The Incas were able to levitate and move massive stones with the use of sound. They created standing wave resonances by striking the stones with specific frequencies, causing them to float and move.” He argues that the same technique was used in the construction of the pyramids in Egypt and other ancient megalithic sites.
While these theories may seem far-fetched, they raise important questions about the capabilities of ancient civilizations and their methods of construction. Further research and study is needed to fully understand the techniques used to construct Machu Picchu.
The Alignments of Machu Picchu:
Another aspect of Machu Picchu that adds to its mystery is its alignments with certain megalithic structures and astronomical bodies. Author and researcher, Brien Foerster, suggests that the site’s alignment with the Pleiades star cluster is clear evidence that the site was built by an advanced civilization with astronomical knowledge. In his book “The Enigma of Cranial Deformation,” Foerster states, “Machu Picchu’s alignment with the Pleiades star cluster indicates that the site was built by a civilization with advanced astronomical knowledge. This alignment is not a coincidence, but rather a deliberate design choice by the builders of the site.”
One of the most intriguing aspects of Machu Picchu is its alignments with other megalithic structures around the world. Researchers and authors have suggested that the site has specific connections to ancient sites such as the pyramids of Egypt, the megaliths of Europe, and even ancient sites in South America.
For example, author and researcher, Graham Hancock, in his book “Magicians of the Gods,” argues that Machu Picchu is part of a global network of megalithic sites that were connected by a common astronomical and mathematical system. He states, “Machu Picchu is not an isolated site, but rather part of a global network of megalithic sites, including the pyramids of Egypt and the megaliths of Europe, that are connected by a common astronomical and mathematical system.” He suggests that the specific alignments of Machu Picchu with the cardinal points and its position on the Earth’s energy grid, as well as its alignment with the Pleiades star cluster, indicate that it was built by a highly advanced civilization that spread its knowledge across the globe.
Similarly, researcher and author, David Wilcock, in his book “The Synchronicity Key,” argues that Machu Picchu has specific alignments with the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. He states, “The alignments of Machu Picchu with the pyramids of Giza in Egypt are not a coincidence, but rather evidence of a connection between the two sites. Both were built using a complex system of geometry and mathematics, and were designed to align with the cardinal points.”
Additionally, researcher and author, Brien Foerster, suggests that Machu Picchu has alignments with other ancient sites in South America. In his book “The Enigma of Cranial Deformation,” Foerster states, “Machu Picchu’s alignments with other ancient sites in South America, such as Tiwanaku and Puma Punku, indicate that it was part of a larger network of ceremonial centers built by a highly advanced civilization.”
In conclusion, researchers and authors have suggested that Machu Picchu has specific alignments with other megalithic structures around the world. They argue that these alignments are not coincidental, but rather evidence of a connection between the sites and the existence
The Mystery Remains Unsolved
Machu Picchu remains a mystery that continues to captivate and inspire researchers and visitors alike. The fact that it was built in a remote location, with massive stone blocks and sophisticated engineering techniques, that its alignments with certain megalithic structures and astronomical bodies, and the age of the site, all contribute to the mystery that surrounds this ancient citadel. The theories and speculations range from conventional scientific explanations to more unconventional ideas such as ancient astronaut intervention and advanced technologies. Whatever the true origins of Machu Picchu may be, it remains a testament to the ingenuity and achievements of the ancient civilizations that built it.