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WERE THE “H” BLOCKS DESIGNED TO INTERCONNECT ?
There are many theories about the strange fascinating stone blocks that are found scattered at the ancient Bolivian site of Puma Punku. One of the most popular theories is that the intricately cut “H” blocks at Puma Punku were designed to interconnect with each other, but I would like to show you a little idea of mine that disagrees with that theory.
My idea about Puma Punku is based solely on the evidence available, ie, the remaining blocks at Puma Punku.
The logic of my idea is quite simple to follow and I have used animated gifs to highlight what I am trying to explain.
I will attempt to show that in the original building that stood at Puma Punku, the H blocks were not interconnected with each other, and that they were actually positioned apart from each other, not even placed side by side.
I understand that the amazing complexity of the design of the H blocks at Puma Punku can spellbind anyone who takes the time to study them closer, and they undoubtedly raise a lot of questions about the reasons for their overwhelming intricacy, but sometimes the answer we seek is right in front of our eyes, but it is too simple or too obvious an answer to be considered by those that hope for a more fantastical explanation.
There are two particular blocks at Puma Punku that I have always thought clearly showed exactly how a H block was used or positioned in the original building which stood on the Puma Punku site. Both of these blocks appear to show a H block incorporated into the side of a building’s facade.
For simplicity I will call these two blocks FACADE 1 and FACADE 2 throughout this posting.
The first block (FACADE 1) can be seen broken in two parts in the photo below. I believe that the block to the right depicts the ground floor of the building, and the block to the left depicts a row of windows on the first floor of the building. The blocks being aligned by raising the left block until the overlaid green lines meet.
The block to the right of the photo shows a Puma Punka H block with an apparent “window” to its right hand side. This H block does not appear to be interconnected to any other H block.
If you look at the block below (FACADE 2) you will see two rows of windows, one row of smaller windows on the 1st floor, and you will take note that the H block is again on the ground floor and it appears separated in the design with a large “window/gap” to either side…
…It is clearly not interconnected with any other H block.
In the animation below, I have highlighted the solitaire Puma Punku H block in green lines and then overlaid a scaled down but proportionate H block onto the image.
On closer inspection you will see that the two blocks that sit either side of the two “windows” are not even H blocks…
The H block in this image seems to be sitting on a horizontal platform (in blue) and it appears to be supporting a lintel (in blue) that extends to the left and right where the lintel meets a column or block with two and a half crosses carved into it. This intrigued me deeply because there are several blocks at Puma Punku that have two and a half crosses carved into them….
I would like to know if the height of a Puma Punku H block is the same as the height of a two and a half cross block? (If any reader has these measurements please post them in the comments section at the bottom of the page}.
In the photo below we can see the blue two and a half cross block, and we can also see the yellow block with the other half a cross that would have sat on top of the blue block so making the complete third cross.
It is interesting to note that the yellow half a cross block finishes short of the right handside of the blue two and a half cross block, so leaving enough space for the green lintel block to perch. The green lines show the Puma Punkun window/door design continuing onto the yellow block.
This leads me to think that the two facade blocks we looked at which show two rows of windows, (the 1st floor row of smaller windows above the larger windows formed by the H blocks on the ground floor), are actually micro representations of the macro Puma Punka building design.
So if we can find full scale examples of the Puma Punka H blocks and the two and a half cross blocks which are depicted on the ground floor of the micro block i named facade 2…
…then surely we should also be able to find examples of the smaller blocks which form the row of smaller windows on the first floor of the building, as seen in red in the animation below…
Following the logic that there were two rows of windows in the Puma Punku design, one above the other with the H blocks being on the lower row, I have noticed that the reverse of the sun gate also follows this same pattern of my proposed design, little windows on the 1st floor with larger windows/gaps on the ground floor…
So based on the imagery of the scaled down H block represented in these two facades which we have just looked at, and the fact that a scaled down image of a two and a half cross block also appears on one of these facades, I think it is evidently clear that the Puma Punku H blocks were NOT designed or intended to interconnect with each other in any way or form…
I would like to ask any readers, if you know of any books or papers available that explore a similar theme to what I am proposing?
Or where I can find any recorded dimensions for the various stone blocks remaining at Puma Punku?
All assistance is greatly appreciated…