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by Flabbergasted
Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

It looks like a functional wall and the completion schedule was the priority. Is this igneous rock? Perhaps the knobs are the remains of a foundry process. They should have been fettled but there was no time and it didn’t matter that much. The blocks were cast with the face side up. The sides in co...
by Flabbergasted
Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

The pre-Inca stone masonry seems to be a combination of linear cuts and hand finishing. There are no sharp cornered joints. On the outside, shapes are rounded and unpolished, but the internal joints are apparently more angular, as you can see in the first picture of my first post. (I just saw your ...
by Flabbergasted
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

Megalithic stone blocks sometimes have mysterious knobs on them. They are very common in Peruvian sites but may be seen in other parts of the world as well. Nobody knows their purpose, but there are at least four popular hypotheses: 1) They were used to sling ropes around when lifting the blocks. Th...
by Flabbergasted
Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

In reality, after a long hiatus, most ancient sites were taken over by other peoples and races who sometimes venerated the ancestral builders and tried to imitate their style or added crude inscriptions to perfectly polished surfaces. It´s a very interesting phenomenon and much care is needed to di...
by Flabbergasted
Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

In Peru, many archeological sites attributed to the Incas have a non-Inca megalithic core, but you may have to walk around a bit to find it. For example, Machu Picchu consists of a small set of ancient megalithic granite structures, with some attempts at repair ("the ancient mountain"), and a very l...
by Flabbergasted
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

Herodotos, if I remember correctly, mentions 20 years and --- 200,000 people who worked during that time, and that doesn't seem to support the predynastic theory. At least it does not seem to rule out any possibility (both pro and contra of course), as seems to do the figure of "4.5 minutes per sto...
by Flabbergasted
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

Hattusa is a megalithic site in Turkey. It was occupied by several different peoples over time (clay tablets written in a multitude of languages have been found), but the location is formally identified as "the capital of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age" (c. 1600-1178 BC). The ruins it is ...
by Flabbergasted
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

It is not uncommon for building materials of very ancient origin to be recycled in the construction of temples and public buildings, even if they have to be transported long distances. For example, Hagia Sophia, the jaw-dropping church (now mosque) built in Constantinople in 537 AD, incorporates 140...
by Flabbergasted
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

Allow me to add: The Great Pyramid features at least 4 square "air shafts", two of which connect the "King's chamber" to the outside wall. The two shafts rising from the "Queen's chamber" are blocked by limestone doors with metal clamps (or handles) about 6 m short of the outside wall. Different rob...
by Flabbergasted
Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

One gets used to speaking of "the Great Pyramid", but let's not forget there are three gigantic pyramids right next to each other on the Giza plateau (another argument against the volcanic core hypothesis). The building material comes from different quarries. The "softer" limestone blocks may have c...
by Flabbergasted
Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

3 - The remnants of technologically advanced megalithic constructions display unmistakable signs of machining, such as huge circular saw marks, mirror-perfect cuts at right angles and high-speed tube drill holes. Some of these feats would be difficult to replicate with today’s stone-cutting technol...
by Flabbergasted
Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

5 - Shapes and structures are often radically different from anything in recorded history, making it very difficult to guess what purpose they served. A couple of examples of spooky Peruvian "doorways" leading nowhere. https://i.ibb.co/FDqxSGt/Doorway-Devil.png "Doorway of the Devil" (Amaru Muru), ...
by Flabbergasted
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?

Building on the Built Robert Bauval mentions that the Great Pyramid in Egypt, Khufu, was built on an old volcano cone. Why waste a perfectly good solid core? I often have thought that there could have been several additions to Khufu, even if not built on a volcano cone. Building on a previous struc...
by Flabbergasted
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: THE LIVING ROOM
Topic: THE "CHATBOX"
Replies: 4851
Views: 4034785

Re: THE "CHATBOX"

SCS,
Thanks for creating a new thread for the discussion on megalithic constructions. There are several other recent posts in the Chatbox that need to be moved to the new thread, and one unrelated post (about the book "Hayy ibn Yaqzan") that should be moved back to the Chatbox.
by Flabbergasted
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: General World Affairs
Topic: Advanced Building Technology in Remote Antiquity?
Replies: 60
Views: 14413

Re: THE "CHATBOX"

It may be relevant to add that the badly eroded rectangular enclosure in front of the sphinx was erected with blocks cut out from the natural rock which makes up the sphinx's body. Many of these blocks weigh around 200 tons. Why use blocks of this size if you can make them any size you want? https:/...