Stoned, For All Eternity
An important deal has been written about and made a lot of in different archaeology books about how and why our technologically primitive ancestors had been able to carve out, transport and erect large multi-ton stone blocks into megalithic monuments of effectively, monumental measurement. The implication is that since there is no such thing as a doubting the existence of these constructions, our ancestors must of the truth is possessed a complicated expertise or had help from those who did (i.e. – ‘historic astronauts’). That runs opposite to the usual mannequin of scholarly archaeology. But the questions remain.
Maybe I’d higher say what I imply by huge multi-ton stone blocks. I imply stones that are at least several tons in weight, as much as the biggest identified carved (however still in-situ and unused) stone block weighing in at roughly 1250 tons. That is not the file nonetheless for there’s, apparently, a stele base in China that weighs in at 16,250 tons. I imply these are stones that are not trivial to toss round, even at present. And while not all major continents and countries have megalithic stone monuments, like North America (USA & Canada) or Australia (together with New Zealand) that nonetheless leaves loads of locations, and well-known places, that do.
How and why these megaliths had been constructed is not any trivial matter. For our ancestors to go to such lengths and expend such efforts, nicely these stone monuments have been clearly crucial to them, and it is important to us to determine how and why they did it. Using giant stone blocks as an alternative of wooden and even small stone blocks or bricks must have served a purpose regardless of the higher hardships concerned. So, why did our historic ancestors need giant stones; and how did they handle them
As to the why, presumably, for starters, in the event you determine to use stone, then it’s important enough a fabric serving a goal(s) that necessitates lasting for all sensible functions an ‘eternity’. In case you construct something to final, a minimum of again then, you use stone, the larger the higher. However for what goal did the ancients need such megalithic giants
Points Arising: Goal
These historic societies or cultures spent an awful lot of assets to build things that have been comparatively peripheral to their basic needs. The Easter Islanders might survive without these Moai statues; ancient Egypt would nonetheless have been a ‘superpower’ even with out these pyramids, the Giza Sphinx, massive statues of some New Kingdom pharaohs (like Ramesses II – typically called Ramesses the nice), stele and obelisks. The Parthenon in Athens was just a shrine to one of the Greek deities (Athena), and similar observations could possibly be prolonged to the 1000’s of other monumental megalithic temples and monuments world wide which had been mainly ceremonial in operate.
It is difficult to figure out how Stonehenge contributed to the fundamental survival needs of the native population – you needn’t assemble something of that magnitude simply to tell you what season it is! If you must mark, say the Summer season Solstice, all you need have is a historically and completely effectively marked and easily recognized Level A, the place you may observe some mounted construction like a rock on the Horizon, that is Point B, and when the Solar arises directly over Point B, that is the longest day of the yr. There is no want to have interaction in any sort of backbreaking toil or building whatever.
If a society can afford to spend effort and time and money on secondary projects, say like in modern society varied public artwork works compared to major initiatives like roads (transport), colleges (education) and hospitals (well being care), then it’s important to conclude that that society was properly off given that they could divert primary sources from major initiatives to undertake initiatives of a secondary nature. Either that, or that which appears to us as comparatively trivial or unimportant like Stonehenge or Carnac (Brittany, France) or those Easter Island statues or the Sphinx actually held a primary function incomprehensible to us however which rivalled in importance housing and insuring ample meals provides and similar things vital to their day-to-day survival.
Issues Arising: Logistics
There’s also the logistics downside. You want a large workforce that needed to be fed and clothed and housed and cared for, particularly fed. There wasn’t exactly a nearby supermarket the place countless provides could possibly be bought. Further, whereas employed on these quarrying, transporting and building initiatives the employees couldn’t be gainfully employed elsewhere to supply fundamentals like searching and gathering for food or even tending to domesticated livestock and agricultural crops. The workers couldn’t have been used for serving in the military, or some other useful and essential job. All of this carving, transporting and construction weren’t simply busy work designed to maintain the rabble off the streets and out of bother, and slave labour wasn’t usually in vogue either, contrary to many common Hollywood pictures. In fact within the case of the Giza Sphinx, it was carved, however wasn’t transported, nor constructed per say. Still, the logistics in caving that huge stone statue from a rock outcrop would have been huge, and the explanation(s) for doing so of vast importance to the powers-that-be.
Points Arising: Ways and Means: The How!
Though our focus and interest is usually on the development phase, as in how was that accomplished, that’s normally just one-third of the laborious yards. Take those 2.3 million blocks that make up the nice Pyramid at Giza. Section One: each block needed to be carved to measurement. You just did not hack out rocks at random and put them in place. That carving alone is tough yakka and helped sustain a state of full employment. Onerous yakka Part Two was transporting those carved blocks from the varied quarries – some native, some not – to motion city, the Giza Plateau. Extra full employment. The how in Part One and Two is not usually all that mysterious – just bloody onerous backbreaking work. Anyway, back to the development – Section Three.
To me the foremost thriller is just not a lot how you get one thing from the horizontal to the vertical, like an obelisk, (that was demonstrated on the NOVA Tv sequence “Secrets and techniques of Lost Empires”), but how you get an enormous multi-ton stone block raised straight up, say 20 to 30 to 40 or more feet to act as a lintel, like these at Stonehenge or on all those Greco-Roman and Egyptian temples, like say the Parthenon. One can all the time conceive of building sand or dirt ramps to haul massive lintels upwards into place, therefore removing the sand or dirt after-the-reality, however if you happen to think about it, such infrastructure is a way more labour intensive and an all-round major venture in its own right. For instance, constructing a sand ramp to haul those multi-ton stone blocks for the Giza pyramids would require a better quantity of material to be put into place (and naturally later eliminated) than that of the volume of material required to build the pyramid in query in the first place. Of course if the venture is that important, and if there is just no different means – effectively there’s all the time these exhausting options.
To illustrate as an example of simply how dangerous our data of our remote historic ancestors really is, here’s a trilogy of extracts from classical scholar Nigel Rodgers in his text “The Historic Greek World: Folks and Locations” (2010):
“[T]he Greeks relied on their intellectual powers and their remarkably skilled craftsmanship to erect their buildings. Few particulars survive of their precise constructing methods, however.”
“Cranes have been nearly actually used to assist elevate the masonry as much as the temples throughout construction, though no traces of such equipment have been found.”
“How the Athenians assembled these temples, and certainly housed and fed the big, extremely skilled workforce required to build them, so effectively is unknown.”
So, now let’s look at alternate options as offered in some alt-archaeological texts.
One theory generally seen in alt-archaeological tomes is that these huge blocks did not begin out as massive blocks, just like a brick doesn’t begin out as a brick, but relatively they had been poured into place, in a mould, like concrete or cement. Sorry, however trendy petrologists’ may easily detect such. Often in reality the quarry from the place the stone originated can be exactly recognized, although that often raises the query then of transport, because the distances twixt quarry site and development site might be lots of of miles. That is a difficulty that applies to Stonehenge as well as a number of the stonework for the Giza pyramids.
If you actually wish to go far-out, star-scout, let’s attempt antigravity! Anti-gravity is just obtainable in a single form, darkish energy. Darkish power is that mysterious antigravity force that’s causing the increasing Universe to carry on expanding at ever faster and sooner charges, in defiance of gravity which should gradual the expansion rate down. Alas, darkish energy, which while dominant over the dimensions of the whole Universe, is trivial regionally relative to Earth’s intense gravity area.
Alt-archaeology texts are filled with references to sound power that levitates (negates gravity) and thus large blocks of stone might be floated round and put into place even with simply the oomph of an infant, simply by making the appropriate sound at the appropriate stage.. Sound in fact could be focused. Everyone knows and recognize the science of acoustics in theatres. Sound can shatter objects, well at the very least comparatively fragile objects like wine glasses when subjected to the skilled projections of the skilled human voice (or equal). However, for those who crunch the numbers, the power required to negate gravity is means exterior the realm of which sound energy can muster. Contemplating the cacophony of sounds the human race produces each day, you’d suppose that all of the related elements would come together someplace, someday and ‘simply so’ as to produce levitation in something, levitation observed and photographed for the document. Alas, not so.
In some constructions, it is not just a matter of manipulating massive however irregular stone blocks however fitting them together like a jigsaw puzzle, outcomes which can be instantly apparent at sites around the world, like these from the Incan Empire. Precision carving in stone utilizing solely different stone or copper instruments just isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination. It is not easy; it is extraordinarily exhausting and time consuming work. Double that when all of your blocks aren’t a typical sq. block size and shape.
What Do Our Ancestors Say
Pity that though the ancients left all method of images behind of their daily lives and culture, I find it wonderful that regardless of all of these multi-thousands of images from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Americas, and so forth. not one exhibits an precise half-completed or partly constructed monument, like a pyramid, or a temple just like the Parthenon that is below construction, or whatever. That’s highly anomalous IMHO, though there are photos of historic Egyptians transporting large stone blocks.
Nevertheless, even some of those ancient cultures have been puzzled as to how their much more ancient ancestors achieved these megalithic ‘missions not possible’.
There’s one thing very odd when the pure descendents of ‘primitive’ natives resort to tales akin to sci-fi or science-fantasy to account for how their ancestors constructed, transported and erected massive stone monoliths.
Easter Islanders say that their Moai statues walked by themselves from quarry to their final resting (truly standing) place. Who am I to argue with first hand or on-the-spot observations, besides Thor Heyerdahl’s “Aku-Aku” staff achieved the same with less elegant but with pure grunt power. Walking stone statues are only a bit too far into the “Twilight Zone” for consolation. Really for some reason Easter Islanders sooner or later downed their stone instruments and abandoned their statue constructions for reasons not solely clear aside from priorities altered. The abandoned unfinished statues can still be seen today, lying in place, now long uncared for.
Also in the Pacific region, Nan Modal is an historical metropolis of about 0.Seventy five square kilometres off the coast of the island of Pohnpei in what’s right now termed Micronesia. The town is comprised of synthetic islands criss-crossed by canals, and thus often referred to as the Venice of the Pacific. Those ‘islands’ nonetheless are constructed up of massive megalithic stone walls as much as 25 feet excessive. How so Well the stones were carried on site on the backs of dragons apparently. To be honest, that makes as much sense as the rest.
I famous above that allegedly sound may levitate massive stone blocks. That theory or remark is found in each South America and ancient Egypt – massive stones are somehow lifted and transported by sound. I still assume that’s extremely suspect and I feel scientists would need an actual trendy-day demonstration. I do know I would.
As I famous above, it’s not the caving or the transport that’s the real problem, nor going from the horizontal to the vertical that’s an actual problem, quite the issue is lifting large stones straight up that I particularly puzzle over.
The puzzlement relates to our own use of stones in building projects. We might I guess, if we needed to, construct our buildings out of mega-ton blocks of stone. But we do not. Your home, if it contains building stones in any respect, are stones which can be most likely akin to weights of just several pounds, maybe dozens of pounds; hardly tons.
So do we now have a major mystery right here Effectively yes, especially when in comparison with trendy society as famous immediately above. In our trendy excessive-tech age, when we do use stone as a construction material, it is in manageable bits and pieces. We do not build our properties or workplace buildings or ballparks or monuments out of multi-ton to multi-hundred ton stone blocks because the ancients did. However when duty called, like when Abu Simbel had to be relocated to a higher elevation when the Aswan High Dam was constructed giving rise to Lake Nasser and the flooding of the historical site, even using trendy technology it was still a serious and massive effort.
A Doable Answer
Perhaps we will kill two anomalous birds with one hypothetical stone.
Universal One: As we note, from the Americas (Mesoamerica and South America at the very least); all through Europe and the Near and Middle East, Egypt and different parts of Africa, even unto Asia and the Pacific area, there are ancient megalithic constructions utilizing stone blocks in the multi mega-ton range. How did the ancients carve, transport, increase and place such huge stone blocks
Universal Two: Also world wide, there’s a common theme of giants, from the Cyclopes in Greco-Roman cultures, to Biblical giants to – effectively you title the tradition and I’ll guarantee they will have giants as a core factor of their mythologies. For samplers, this is only a partial checklist of giants. Well there’s Angrboda (Norse), Argos (Greek), Balor (Irish), Biloko (Zaire), Bungisngis (Philippines), the Cyclopes (Greek), Geryon (Greek), the Gigantes (Greek), Goliath (Biblical), Grendel (Anglo-Saxon), the Hecatonchires (Greek), Hrungnir (Norse), Humbaba (Mesopotamia), the Nephilim (Biblical), Skrymir (Norse), Suttung (Norse), Talos (Greek), the Titans (Greek), and Ymir (Norse). Additional, you could have all manner of large trolls and ogres (Scandinavian), varied big apemen like the Yeti and Bigfoot/Sasquatch and numerous others, as effectively because the Giants of Cornwall (led by Gogmagog).
Nicely, what’s ‘mission: not possible’ for a young youngster, is possible for an adult; what’s ‘mission: unimaginable’ for adult humans might be potential for an enormous(s). An enormous twice as giant as a typical human can have eight times the muscle power, since muscles are 3-D, doubling in size, width and peak; and thusly 2 x 2 x 2 = eight.
What Do Our Ancestors Say Revisited
Ancient Greeks often attributed numerous huge stone constructions to the Cyclopes, for instance. Such large buildings are termed the Cyclopean walls for the reason that Cyclopes and only the Cyclopes might have constructed these constructions. Perseus had them answerable for constructing the partitions of Mycenae, including the Lion Gate; Proitos attributed them constructing the partitions of Tiryns. The medieval Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus cited the Roman ruins as proof that giants should once have walked the Earth. And who built the large’s Causeway on the Northern Irish Coast
Is this too far out I’m open to different options, however at the least it does not require high-tech alien assistance, until in fact those worldwide mythological giants, like the Cyclopes, had been aliens!
Appendix: A couple of notable megalithic monuments.
1) Some unfinished in-situ megaliths.
*Baalbek (Lebanon) has two unfinished stones weighing in at one thousand to 1250 tons apiece.
*There’s an unfinished Egyptian obelisk at Assuan that’s all up involves roughly 1100 tons.
2) Some finished and transported megaliths.
*Stonehenge: some stones are as much as forty tons.
*The Avebury stone circle, England, has as its largest stone one over forty tons.
*The well-known fortress of Mycenae, Greece has stones near a hundred tons in weight.
*The Parthenon in Athens, Greece has some of its largest stones weighing in at 10 tons.
*These Easter Island (Rapa Nui to the locals) Moai can weigh up to 70, even one as much as 86 tons.
*The Colossi of Memnon are two Egyptian statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III coming in at seven-hundred tons every.
*Ramesses II (Ramesses the nice) was not shy about erecting statues to honour himself. One of his quite a few dozens of monumental statues commissioned to image self (at Luxor) – one hundred tons value of stone. But that’s featherweight class.
*Ramesses II was only simply getting warmed up. There’s a statue at Thebes, Egypt, a part of the Ramessum, the mortuary temple of the pharaoh in query, of 1000 tons. Now that’s heavyweight status.
*Egyptian obelisks weren’t minuscule. There’s one at 227 tons (Luxor); one at 328 tons (Karnak).
*Nice Pyramid at Giza, Egypt is effectively often called overkill in terms of constructing a tomb. Although the common weight of each stone block is ‘only’ 2.5 tons, the most important slabs comprising the burial chamber, are available in at eighty tons.
*Aside from the good Pyramid, different Egyptian pyramids, stone island crew neck knit jumper ivory in actual fact most, if not all different, Egyptian pyramids have some monolithic blocks of over 20 tons, including monolithic roof slabs, plugs and burial vaults, a few of which weigh in at over a hundred tons.
South and Central America
*These well-known however mysterious Olmec heads in Mesoamerica aren’t trivial works when carved all the way down to some 50 tons all up.
*The Inca metropolis of Machu Picchu, Peru has massive stones half and parcel of its building weighing in from 20 to 50 tons apeice.
*There’s a very well-known Aztec calendar stone at Tenochtitlan, Mexico that weighs significantly greater than the wall calendar you dangle up at dwelling. Weight, 24 tons.
*Palenque, Mexico is a famous Mayan site, particularly due to Erich Von Daniken. The most important stones on site weigh 12 to 15 tons.
Further instructed readings
Childress, David Hatcher; Know-how of the Gods: The Unimaginable Sciences of the Ancients; Adventures Unlimited Press, Kempton, Illinois; 2000:
De Camp, L. Sprague; The Historic Engineers; Ballantine Books, New York; 1974:
De Camp, L. Sprague & De Camp; Catherine C; Citadels of Mystery; Fontana/Collins, London; 1972:
Hancock, Graham; Fingerprints of the Gods: A Quest for the beginning and the tip; Mandarin, London; 1996:
Hancock, Graham & Faiia, Santha; Heaven’s Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization; Penguin Books, London; 1999:
National Geographic Society; Mysteries of Mankind: Earth’s Unexplained Landmarks; Nationwide Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.; 1992:
Nationwide Geographic Society; Mysteries of the Ancient World; National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.; 1979:
Von Daniken, Erich; Chariots of the Gods ; Souvenir Press, London; 1969:
Von Daniken, Erich; Gods from Outer Space; Souvenir Press, London; 1970:
NOVA; Secrets of Misplaced Empires; PBS/WGBH, Boston; 2006:
NOVA; Secrets and techniques of Lost Empires II; PBS/WGBH, Boston; 2008:
There’s also been dozens of books/videos written/produced specifically about the archaeological mysteries of Stonehenge, ancient Egyptian monuments together with the pyramids, Easter Island, the ruins of Mesoamerica and South America, and so forth. Seek the advice of your native library.