Book Review: The Stones of Tiahuanaco

Figure 1A: The text: The Stones of Tian

Figure 1A: The text, The Stones of Tiahuanaco. (Photo courtesy of

The text, The Stones of Tiahuanaco: A Study of Architecture and Construction by Jean-Pierre Rotzen and Stella Nair, brings to the readers attention one of the greatest civilisations of the past in Bolivia. What grabbed people’s attention was the large blocks in a quarry with edges so finely cut that only a diamond tipped drill or laser could do them. The mystery still remains, along with the holes bored in some of the hardest igneous rock known to man.

Thought to be one of the oldest cities ever built by man and going beyond the knowledge that we have today of their civilisation, we are left with numerous questions. The cement blocks in the quarry are so large that humanity has no machinery to lift them. How did these people do it? How did they cut the edges of the stone?

This book is beneficial and although it might not satisfactorily answer the questions the reader might have in total, it gives an insight into the greatness that humans can achieve when they desire such. As a species, we are going downhill and not uphill. If we cannot figure out the secrets of Tiahuanaco, the Inca, the Pyramids and so forth (who were supposed to be ‘primitive’), then how could we possibly think that we are headed towards some type of golden age that we have not reached yet.

Examples like the Tiahuanaco should make people start to re-evalute their stance if they adopt an evolutionary world view. And this is only one civilisation.



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