History, Mystery

Archaeologist Discovered A Huge Ancient City Underground In Tiwanaku, Bolivia

Located in Bolivia, near Lake Titicaca, the ancient city of Tiwanaku was built almost 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level, making it one of the highest urban centres ever constructed.

As the title suggests, recently a group of archaeologists discovered an ancient underground city in Tiwanaku, Bolivia. What’s so interesting about it is its overall size; it’s massive, to say the least standing at 2000 acres or 78 hectares underneath the soil.

The archaeologists managed to make the discovery only thanks to tips from the locals that claimed there to be an underground maze that nobody was able to transverse.

The Gateway of the Sun at Tiahuanaco. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
The Gateway of the Sun at Tiahuanaco. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Luckily, through the use of drones and satellites, they eventually got to the bottom of it, unearthing the secrets of the city. The budget was mainly taken care of by Japan and UNESCO since they both really wanted to see what the rumours were all about.

The official Tiwanakian civilization was said to have started in 1580 BC and by 1200 AD it was already completely eradicated by climate changes and diseases that emerged with time.

They are by far the oldest civilization to have ever lived in South America, even older than the Quechuas and the Aymaras.

Gateway of the Sun, Tiahuanaco. This topmost relief is on a single block of Andesite stone weighing 10 tons. Photo Credit: Twiga269/Flickr
Gateway of the Sun, Tiahuanaco. This topmost relief is on a single block of Andesite stone weighing 10 tons. Photo Credit: Twiga269/Flickr

Officially known as “World Heritage Site” as of 2000, this was always a very impressive tourist attraction, but thanks to the archaeologists we finally discovered its secrets and are now conducting several experiments to make out all that there is to this ancient civilization and its mysterious culture.

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