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Egyptian obelisks

Sunday، 15 May 2016 12:00 AM

Of all structures created by man, I can think of no other that garners my awe and admiration more than the Egyptian obelisks. Why is this so? This is simply because of the enormous amount of human effort and sacrifice that was necessary to excavate, finish, transport, and erect such huge megaliths.

Just think about it for a moment. Approximately 3500 years ago, a single piece of granite would be cut from its quarry. It would measure about 8 feet on a side at its base, taper slightly to a height of about 80 feet, and weigh over 200 tons. It would then be dragged, etched, polished, and shipped before finally being tilted upright at its intended resting place.

But, the Egyptians did not possess the knowledge of pulleys. The only systems of mechanical advantage they had were levers, the inclined plane, and the wheel. They also did not possess steel and had no metals strong enough to chisel granite. All they had were inexhaustible quantities of manpower, stones harder than granite (dolerite), wood, and ropes. Even by today’s standards, producing and moving such an object would be a daunting task. In fact, documents describing recent moves of some of these obelisks have demonstrated the difficulty of this process. But back then, with such primitive means, it was practically unimaginable.

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