The Megalith Movers Prehistoric Engineering
Blog 21st February 2015    This blog is becoming boring to write and the experiment itself is becoming repetitive, lift, consolidate the lift, unload the dead men, reset the fulcrum, reset the levers. Lift, consolidate the lift, unload the dead men, reset the fulcrum, reset the levers, lift. Every day the same. Monday we gain a few inches, Tuesday we gain a few inches, every day the same, day after day. But slowly the Obelisk continues on its journey from recumbent  to upright. It's a bit like watching a snail climbing up a lamp-post.    However, although repetitive, the experiment is still exciting, we are doing something that has never been attempted since man learned to read and write. The existence of the turning groove proves, at least to me, that the Egyptians erected the Obelisks from a near prone position and using levers, is the only way that I can think of that this could have been accomplished.    So we will continue, repetitive and boring though it certainly is, we will get this thing upright.    Actually the new method is proving to have many advantages over the original plan which was to keep raising the fulcrum as the Obelisk gained height. By keeping the fulcrum at or near ground level, the counterweights are so much easier to manhandle, meaning the work can be completed quickly and easily. The need for the crib is eliminated, as is the need for scaffolding for the workers. The buttress frames and the flying buttresses also become redundant, and the new wedge shaped crib brings a great deal more stability to the whole support structure.    An unforeseen advantage is the fact that it becomes necessary to move the fulcrum forward after the completion of each cheese wedge. Thus as the Obelisk rises and the centre of gravity moves towards the base, the ends of the levers follow the shifting centre of gravity towards the base, and each lift of say four inches at the lifting point results in an increasingly bigger measurement at the top of the Obelisk.    Sorry I have no pics available at this time, but I will update you next weekend.    Regards, Gordon.       <<previous blog page next blog page >> To read & post comments click here return to top of this page

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