Today is a busy work day for me, so I'm going to keep this blog short. I'd like to share two photographs with you that both say something important about the ancient astronaut theory and alternative archaeology.
Here is the first photo:
This is the famed Gate of the Sun at Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco) in Bolivia. Alternative authors routinely describe it as fantastically large and heavy, one of the megalithic rocks they consider it impossible for human beings to move. This early 20th century photograph from the Library of Congress gives the lie to these claims by showing you what alternative authors won't: the actual scale of the gate. Note the three people seated before it. The gate just isn't that big. It's less than 10 feet tall and weighs perhaps 10 tons. Now, that is certainly very large, but it's not anything a few hundred people (less with rollers and levers) couldn't handle.
Recognizing that the Gate of the Sun is within the realm of human potential helps us to understand why the second claim for the gate, that it holds a calendar derived from a prototype on another world (yes, alternative theorists, specifically H. S. Bellamy and P. Allen in The Calendar of Tiahuanaco , have said this) just doesn't make sense.
Now for the second photo. This is the cover for my next JasonColavito.com book, a compilation of all my reviews and essays of Ancient Aliens covering seasons 3 and 4 (2011-2012):
I think the cover came out pretty cool. (Can you tell someone has learned to use lighting effects in Photoshop?) The book should be back from the printers and ready for sale sometime late next week.
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