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When Luis told me of the local legends concerning Pukara Grande, the significance of the place really started to dawn on me. There were legends of tunnels stretching for many miles and of armour clad mummies. However, the most telling story he told me concerned a great flood that had swept towards the monument along the altiplano from the north. The rush of water was accompanied by fire raining down on the land from the heavens and by earthquakes. All of this occurred when, so the locals say, the Sun went dark. Understandably terrified, the population of that time had taken refuge inside the tunnel system beneath Pukara Grande.

This account struck a particular chord with me, because it was so similar to ones I have read and listened to concerning the sudden and acute changes in climate that took place at the very end of the last Ice Age. This period was the final reprise of the frozen Pleistocene era, lasting from around 10,900BC to 9,500BC.xxxii Geologists call this sudden and extremely cold snap the Younger Dryas, which provided an icy punctuation to a gradual melting that had started before 13,000 years ago. Perhaps in as little as a few days, temperatures suddenly plunged back into the bitterest cold once again. It was an almost instantaneous big freeze that lasted for about 1,400 years, before an equally sudden warming took place, heralding the modern Holocene era. There is now a growing body of very tangible geological evidence that this rapid cooling was the result of a series of objects from outer space colliding with the surface of the Earth 12,800 years ago. The collisions, which were probably the fragments of a very large comet or meteorite, produced “multiple outbursts” that cannot be explained by means of “any known terrestrial mechanism.”xxxiii

This period of around 13,000 years ago also coincided with an equally sudden mass extinction of many of the Pleistocene’s largest mammals, such as ground sloths, sabre-toothed cats and mammoths. Almost three-quarters of the mammal species in North America were rendered extinct at this time. What is much less well known is that some 80% of South America’s largest mammal species disappeared equally suddenly during exactly the same period.xxxiv Whatever collided with the Earth’s surface had plunged most of the planet into over a thousand years of frozen wastelands and ice sheets. South America most certainly did not escape the effects of this immense and violent impact, or series of impacts.

This new information has led me to wonder – if any objects crashing into the Earth, or perhaps the Pacific Ocean, may have generated an immense tsunami? Funnelled between the two chains of the Cordilleras on either side, a tsunami could well have swept southwards along the altiplano, devastating all that lay before it. I could not help but remember what Posnansky had found when studying the different salt levels in the various pockets of water trapped in the Andes. His conclusion that there had first been sea-water flooding, followed by fresh water floods from melting glaciers, is consistent with what is now emerging as the sequence of events in the Younger Dryas. Even though Posnansky had known nothing about any collisions with comets or meteorites at the end of the last Ice Age, his findings would seem to support such a hypothesis. Was a tsunami racing along the altiplano in those far-off times really the basis for the legends that speak of devastation and the inundation of the lands surrounding Pukara Grande? If it was, then it may have immense significance for the dating of this and other sites along the Way of Viracocha. (excerpt from Dave Truman's article, "Ancient Alignment In The Andes Hints At A Lost Global High Culture)

Hancock has stated that the trajectory of the Bolides in question was northwest to southeast, which would substantiate Truman's theory. The tsunami that inundated Crete during the Santorini eruption is estimated to have been 65 feet high and surged inland on the island of Crete 5 miles. If a tsunami had struck the west coast of Peru and Chile at the longitude of Tiwanaku it would have had to be 2600 feet high to breach the elevations running parallel to the coast. However, had it swept in from the north as Truman conjectures the height would have come into a more reasonable perspective than I had originally suggested.



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