Alternative theories never die... they don't even fade away. Below is a quotation about the alleged connection between Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco) and Easter Island. Can you guess who said this?
Was it Helena Blavatsky? Ignatius Donnelly? Thor Heyerdahl? Erich von Daniken? Graham Hancock? All of them proposed the same theory, but this particular paragraph comes from Auguste Le Plongeon in the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society for 1875.
The point, of course, is that the complete lack of evidence for a direct connection between Easter Island and Tiwanaku hasn't stopped alternative theorists from repeating the same tropes over and over again for a century and a half. That it's impossible to tell the difference between the alternative history of 1875, 1955, 1975, or 2005 speaks volumes.
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