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South American Ruins

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Arguably the oldest, and most baffling ruins on the face of the Earth. It is hard to imagine how they did not come to be known as one of the wonders of the world like the Great Pyramid. Spectacular in its own right, the Great Pyramid is, yet it pales in comparison to the ruins of Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco, in South America.

ancient mystery stone walls at Tiwanaku Puma Punku

Lost City of the Incas ~ Machu Pichu, Peru

Another sign of Lost Ancient Technology in Peru? Vilcabamba...

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Coba is a globally known Mayan ruins city with several large temple pyramids, the highest being the Nohoch Mul pyramid which rises 42 meters (138) feet high. Yet, even though so well known in Maya archeology circles only a small portion of the site has been cleared from the jungle excavated and restored -

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Uxmal Yucatan Mexico -

Rainbow seen through Temple of Three Windows, Machu Picchu - Perú -- by Emily Riddell

Machu Picchu, "City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Building of the Five Levels at the Mayan ruins of Edzna, Campeche, Mexico. This pyramid is an example of the Puuc style of Classic maya architecture.

Edzna Mayan Ruins by John Mitchell

Xunantunich Mayan ruins, Belize - Temple detail

Huge, tightly-fitted Incan stone walls at Ollantaytambo, Peru. #travel

Ollantaytambo, Peru.

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Ollantaytambo by Maria Andrea Patiño Garces, via 500px

Los Atlantes toltecas de Tula,Mexico

Mayan entrance in the caves of Xcaret, Riviera Maya, Mexico

The 5000-year-old 626-hectare archaeological site of The Sacred City of Caral-Supe in Peru, is situated on a dry desert terrace overlooking the green valley of the Supe river. It dates back to the Late Archaic Period of the Central Andes and is the oldest centre of civilization in the Americas.

Sacred City of Caral-Supe - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

The Great Hexagon Panel, Santa Catarina, Campeche island, Brasil

San Agustin. Colombia. Archaeological Park. An altitude of 1800 meters at the source of the Magdalena River, in the Valley of the statues found more than 500 giant statues of people, gods and animals.

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Mayan ruins, Tikal, Guatemala

Mayan stone effigy hacha with recessed eye, open mouth and raised jaw line, pierced at the temple, 600–900 AD, Late Classic. From Mexico or Guatemala | Princeton University Art Museum

Formative Period Xochipala figurine, 1500 B.C to 200 C.E., Mexico. "Expressive gestures, naturalistic forms of hair, breasts, and plastic arms and legs make early and rare Xochipala figures among the finest ceramic works of the ancient New World." "These primal works of superb technical virtuosity represent some of the greatest ceramic figurines in all of the vast body of Mesoamerican art." wiki quotes

A Lost City of Serpent Men, Chichen Itza

Summer of 1944, a German merchant, Waldemar Julsrud, made a discovery that has caused a stir in the scientific community. Waldemar Julsrud was riding his horse along the lower slope of El Toro Mountain near the town of Acambaro, Mexico, when he noticed something unusual poking out of the dirt (35). He tore into the ground and unearthed a few ceramic objects unlike anything he had ever seen before. His discovery led to the excavation of over 33,500 ceramic, stone, and jade figurines and artifacts

Hidden Unseen: What Ancient People Believes about Dinosaurs

El Fuerte de Samaipata is a unique archaeological site in the mountains of central Bolivia. It features a stone hill carved with a wide variety of animal and geometric figures. It has been designated a World Heritage Site

Sun Dagger solar marker at Equinox, Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico Culture: Anasazi // photo: Corson Hirschfeld

Codex Mendoza (1542) - An Aztec codex, detailing military conquests and daily routine, created about twenty years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico with the intent that it be seen by Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain. En route to its commissioner it was stolen by the French, and finally ended up in a library in England