His discovery was made in Bolivia in the 1960s by a peasant on private land belonging to the Manjon family, located in Tiahuanaco, an important archaeological site near Lake Titicaca about 72 kilometers from the capital La Paz.

A local resident named it Fuente Magna along with Bolivian archaeologist Max Portugal-Zamora, however, it was only disclosed through an expedition made to the area in the 1990s.


The Fuente Magna is a large bowl of clay, whose peculiarity is inside it that is covered by a cuneiform writing.

Everything that is known about this object is very recent.

Fuente Magna was in the possession of the Manjon family who handed it over to the city of La Paz in exchange for a property on the outskirts of the capital, according to the records of the Precious Metales Museum, where it is exhibited to this day.

In 2000, researchers from various areas conducted a detailed analysis of Fuente Magna. They attributed their origin to religious ceremonies intended for purification in the early human civilizations.

Photos were also sent to linguists from around the world for their opinions and Italian professor Alberto Marinie was the first, followed by others, to conclude that Fuente Magna had the cuneiform writing of Sumeria.

However, the american professor and Phd Clyde Winders, who has extensive experience in ancient scriptures and languages and concentrated his studies on the search for the relationship of african peoples in pre-Columbian America, after analyzing the writing, came to the conclusion that it was not exactly Sumerian, but rather an older language, proto-Saharan or proto-Sumerian, and that the signs that were there were much older than previously thought , and it is inevitable to associate it with the writing found in Puma Punku, another important archaeological site in the region, full of temples and monuments.

In his study “Decifrado la escritura cuneiforme en el cuenco de la Fuente Magna”, Winters, using only orthodox material, offered a complete translation of the artifact:

“Approach a person endorsed with great protection in the future in the name of great Nia. This oracle serves people who desire to achieve purity and strengthen their character. Divine Nia will spread purity, serenity and character.
Use this talisman to germinate wisdom and serenity in you. Using the proper sanctuary, the sacred ointment, the sage swears to follow the righteous path to attain purity and character. Oh priest, find the only light for all who desire a noble life.”

According to the ancient texts, Ni-ash (Nia or Nammu) was the Sumerian-looking Sumerian goddess of amphibious or reptilian appearance and related to water, oceans and fertility, was the creator of Heaven and Earth, wife of An and enki’s mother, and along with him and Ninmah shaped the human race from clay.

Representation of the Goddess Nia within fuente magna.

Inside the Fuente Magna you can see a representation of the Goddess Nia. Along with figures that were interpreted as Quellca language, which would correspond to the Pukara civilization, a pre-Inca culture that developed in the region between the years 200 BC and 600 AD.

On the outside Fuente Magna, the bas-reliefs of animals, such as fish and snakes, are somewhat familiar with the Tiwanaku culture, which lived in the region between the years 500 and 950 AD and built the first Andean cities.

Exterior of Fuente Magna

How is it possible that there are pre-Sumerian inscriptions in a bowl found near Lake Titicaca, about 3,800 meters above sea level, tens of thousands of miles from the site of expansion of the Sumerian civilization?

In this sense, there are two theories: according to the first, Fuente Magna was acquired in the Middle East by an anonymous traveler and left in Bolivia, but this theory, however, does not explain the perfectly carved symbols of The Bolivian culture of Puma Punku.

The second theory, which some archaeologists have supported, is that Fuente Magna would have arrived in America in archaic times, proving that several ancient civilizations would have kept in touch and somehow crossed continents thousands of miles away.