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Did this ancient site experience a catastrophic end?

Posted by seumasach on June 18, 2013

Stephen Smith

Thunderbolts

4th April, 2013

Tiwanaku, or Tiahuanaco in Spanish, is a ruined citadel occupying almost 10 square kilometers in the Bolivian Andes at an altitude greater than 3800 meters. Carbon-14 dating methods suggest that the site is no more than 3700 years old. However, as previous Picture of the Day articles discuss, radiometric dating is, at best, an unreliable system for establishing age.

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