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Five Mysterious Ancient Megaliths

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.

  1. The “Unfinished Obelisk”,  Egypt

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    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.

  2. The Baalbeck Foundation Stones, Lebanon

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    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

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  1. C Jordan

    On May 20, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Another completely fascinating and intriguing article s.

  2. jamie mullen

    On May 20, 2009 at 11:30 am

    This is a great

  3. hfj

    On May 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Very facinating and interesting article. Makes you wonder how they accomplished some of the things they did back then with the limited tools and technology they had. Well written and great pictures.

  4. Will Gray

    On May 20, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Absolutly fantastic! I love this article! Great job!!

  5. Andrew Davies

    On May 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Fantastic read, I will have to dig more into this.

  6. Mark Gordon Brown

    On May 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Recently my son and I moved a rock in our back yard. It was nowhere as big as these, and I was exhausted. These works are impressive. They must have known something we still do not know.

  7. Brenda Nelson

    On May 20, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Sure makes you wonder, doesn’t it? WOW – great link.

  8. J J Neuman

    On May 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I think they did know a lot more than we do. Einstein kept trying to figure out gravity. Maybe these previous civilizations knew how to mitigate or eliminate gravitatonal pull when they needed to. There is too much weight and material that they moved by conventional methods, and some say over many generations. I can’t believe people would stay that loyal and focused over generations to complete something like the great pyramids of Egypt.

  9. R J Evans

    On May 21, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Cool article – do love a good mysteries – or in this case mysteries. And hey! Welcome back to Triond – you have been gone a while!

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  10. TheDarkEngine

    On May 22, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I’m sorry, but there is nothing mysterious about these structures. Impressive, amazing, yes, but not mysterious. Any basic understanding of physics and mechanical engineering would explain how these were constructed, and despite the claim at the beinnning of the article, all of them would be easily replicable today given the time and money. For us to stand in awe at the marvels of the past, it is not necessary to resort to referencing anti-gravity sound or other impossible claims.

  11. piglet

    On May 22, 2009 at 2:36 am

    TheDarkEngine – you need to read more –
    impossible claims ? antigravity is a reality, a technology used today – google it!

    Sound does produce energy – check this out

    I would love to hear your theories how the Egyptians transported that obelisk – People have been trying to figure this out for years – how stupid for wondering – we could just ask TheDarkEngine!

  12. swatilohani

    On May 25, 2009 at 5:14 am

    awesome dear

  13. Hm

    On May 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Ancient astronaut theory is an interesting one.

  14. Ruby Hawk

    On May 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I cannot imagine how these ancient people with nothing but hand tools could have done this stone work. We have lost that knowledge and I wonder how that came about.You would think that as people advance they would keep the knowledge of their forefathers.

  15. Deliverance

    On June 10, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Sacsahuamar Stones.
    There is an interesting theory regarding the forming of these and other South American structures (Machu Pichu etc). That rough formed stones were laid in place and then “softened” and literally moulded, creating the inmpossibly fine intersections. Plants were used to create this softening chemical, research has been done recently
    check this site

    or google for “stone softening”

    The evidence is rather surprising.

  16. Hertz

    On September 4, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Thedarkengine, you know absolutely nothing of what your talking about. The ONLY modern way to cut a rock like this from the base is to use diamond wire, which they didnt hace. Thus we dont know how they did it.

    We could barely lift it with modern cranes on a flat nice surface, transporting it on paved roads and everything. They did it without modern cranes and transported it extreme distances.

    Youre a complete moron.

  17. Hertz

    On September 4, 2012 at 6:41 am

    And heres why youre a moron; “Any basic understanding of physics and mechanical engineering would explain”.

    1. You fail to explain them yourself, if you have any knowledge in basic physics and engineering.

    2. You fail to refer to ANYONE that can explain these structures.

    At the same time you make claims. Thats what makes you a moron.

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