This site is part of the “Ancient Aliens” shows on the History Channel.
Say what you will about these guys, no one has been able to satisfactorily explain to me how these ancient cultures were able to mill gigantic stones into absolutely straight edges with smooth stones containing entaglio carvings or recess niches, also with straight edges and even depths.
You can theorize about hauling huge stones all you want, but cutting them, grinding them smooth, and doing the entaglio carving perfectly seems a bit out of the grasp of ancient bronze tools.
Wow ... hadn’t read your post but it was kinda cool the way they meshed.
As far as the Stone cutting and moving ... seeing some of those sites is definitely on my bucket list.
I also had an idea ... in the vid they mentioned how many gallons of beer it took to build the great pyramid ... some fairly simple math from then to now and we should be able to deduce the inflation rate using a REAL Monetary Base and therefore establish the value of anything in today’s market.
Just one more thing that Beer can do
Follow up (it’s always WHY)
Those Stones that they carved were also harder than the tools that they had available and ... they did not have the wheel and ... WHY did they feel the need to move (Import) them such a distance when easier to work materials were right there.
Just a couple more things that make ya go hmmmmmm
I’m with you about your skepticism on how some of these sites were constructed, but I don’t think there is any reason to think that aliens had anything to do with it. I think we simply underestimate the technology that was available at certain points in the ancient world.
Archaelogists seem to assume that people were as primitive as possible, until they find artifacts or documents that prove otherwise. I’m of the opinion that ancient man was just as intelligent and inventive as we are, though he had a smaller base of knowledge to draw on, and less opportunity to transmit new knowledge to others. So, I think a lot of these “anamolies” might be explained by local technologies that were either kept secret or just never had the opportunity to be transmitted and adopted on a wider scale.
For example, they’ve recently found evidence that ancients were using large, water-wheel powered band saws to cut stone blocks with precision in one location. It’s possible that this was more widespread and the mills just didn’t survive or haven’t been recognized as such since the archaeologists aren’t looking for them. Who knows what other technology the ancients had that was lost in the countless wars, razings of cities, and burnings of libraries that happened in the ancient world?
If we don’t need alien technology to make impressive stone monuments, then I figure there’s no reason to assume the ancients did either.
Oh another thing that you said in an earlier post that I wanted to address... the ancient bronze tools comment. There is a lot of misconception about ancient tools. Most people still think bronze tools were inferior, because everyone knows the Bronze Age came before the Iron Age. Actually, bronze is harder, lighter, easier to shape, and less brittle than iron, so it is in all ways a better metal for tools and weapons than iron was. It was not until steel tools became prevalent that we had better hand tools than bronze ones.
The reason the Iron Age follows the Bronze Age is not because the tools became better, just more widely available. Bronze was hard to come by because tin is quite a rare metal, where iron can be found nearly anywhere. Once people figured out how to refine iron into a halfway decent substitute for bronze, its use exploded, even though the tools were actually inferior. Perhaps that is one reason that these monuments fell out of favor as well. The new tools just might not have gotten the job done.