In Part 1 of this podcast we review the amazing megaliths of Yangshan Quarry in China, review the scientific, peer-reviewed evidence and work of the Comet Research Group looking into the Younger Dryas catacylsm, and debunk some of the fun stuff one can find on youtube.
In part 2 we visit Ollantaytambo Peru for a detailed site visit and discussion. Ben and Luke have visited the site several times.
Ollantaytambo is the gateway to Macchu Piccu, and an incredible megalithic site that shows clear examples of multiple construction techniques.
Located in the Sacred Valley (I (Ben) was wrong about the altitude – its just under 10K feet, down relative to Cusco) massive megalithic stones are perched precisely on top of a mountain, having been transported from a quarry in an adjacent mountain range.
These stones are surrounded by inferior, local stonework that, while clearly trying to replicate, repair and rebuild the megalithic work, aren’t in the same league from a technological or architectural perspective.
Orthodox histories are confused, there are several and conflicting accounts of this place. Most will say that not only did the Inca built it, it was built in the lifetime of one ruler, Pachacútec.
None of these accounts hold up to a basic open-minded investigation of the site. It seems much more likely that the Inca inherited a destroyed megalithic site, found it as sacred as we do, and used it – a tradition in this amazing place that has continued down to the present day inhabitants of Ollantaytambo.