When the Spanish first encountered Tiahuanaco in the sixteenth century, they went to great efforts to destroy it.
Early in the 20th century, Bolivian railway workers broke up many of the blocks as ballast for the railway beds.
The eastern edge of the Pumapunku is occupied by what is called the Plataforma Lítica..
This structure consists of a stone terrace that is 6.75 by 38.72 metres (22.1 by 127.0 feet) in dimension.
Back in the 1990’s when Robert Schoch exclaimed that the Sphinx could be many thousands of years older than previously thought, he was ridiculed.
Graham Hancock’s popular theories of an 12,000 year old Ice-age civilization were slammed.
, constructed of alternating tall stone columns and smaller rectangular blocks; and another enclosure known as the Palacio.
The Akapana pyramid was once a seven-step pyramid measuring some 200 meters on each side and standing nearly 17 meters tall.The location is curious as a lake nearby to lake Titicaca, with which the site is associated, is a sea-water lake, apparently with sea-fauna still present.Indications of man-made structures below the level of lake Titicaca (which is slowly drying up over time), suggests that our understanding of the site is far from complete.The Pumapunku complex consists of an unwalled western court, a central unwalled esplanade, a terraced platform mound that is faced with stone, and a walled eastern court.The Pumapunku is a terraced earthen mound that is faced with blocks.