Seemingly impossible to construct and transport – Ancient megaliths remain the subject of awe and speculation to modern society. Has ancient knowledge been hidden or lost over time?
The modern construction industry is capable of producing some wonderful architecture….. huge beautiful monumental buildings fabricated from a combination of materials.
The design of every modern building is however limited by plant/technological constraints – for example, a structural steelwork bridge has to be fabricated in small sections which are welded together in-situ – this enables the sections to be:
- transported to site on vehicles which have maximum weight limit
- Lifted into place by cranes – with a maximum weight limit
You would therefore assume that ancient structures would have been constructed from small manageable materials – in accordance with technological constraints of the time.
You would be wrong……..Ancient civilisations seemed to achieve the impossible but, just maybe they had knowledge, understanding and technology that has been lost or hidden from the modern world.
Below are examples of 5 mysterious ancient megaliths (please note-this is not a definitive list as there are many, many more)- Please note the geographical diversity of these examples
The logistics of construction/transportation/erection of these examples would be virtually impossible today – modern cranes can lift 1000 – 2000 ton weights cannot carry loads any distance.
The “Unfinished Obelisk”, Egypt
In the Aswan quarry, Egypt “The ‘Unfinished Obelisk’ still lies in its quarry, detached on all but its lower side. If it had been extracted, it would have been 41.75 meters (137 ft) high with a base about 4.2 meters on each side. The total weight would have been about 1168 tons, heavier than any piece of stone ever handled by the ancient Egyptians, thought to have been cut between 1480 – 1450 BC.
The Baalbeck Foundation Stones, Lebanon
The three temples of Baalbeck in the Lebanon are thought to date back to 2000BC – Roman temples were built on top of the original structures. What is remarkable about Baalbeck ? Well, the largest temple has a row of three foundation stones – the “Trilithon” – each of which weigh about 750 tonnes each – so accurately cut and positioned, that it is impossible to fit a needle between them. A further cut stone has been found in a quarry three miles from the site which weighs approximately 1000 tonnes