The Megalith Movers Prehistoric Engineering
Blog 25th May 2015    A few months ago I would have bet good money it was impossible, but we've done it, a team of mostly old men numbering on average no more than three, have picked up and replaced our errant obelisk (10 tons), exactly where we want it on the plinth ready for our erection experiment to begin again.    In doing so we have moved it roughly 6 feet sideways and elevated it more than 3 feet in the air, using nothing but counterweights and simple wooden levers. Having done that you would be forgiven for thinking that the erection would be a piece of cake in comparison, but you would be wrong. Erecting an obelisk is probably the most difficult exercise ever attempted by modern man in an attempt understand how our ancestors accomplished what they did.    I have spent the last hour at the keyboard trying to explain the problem in plain English but the task is beyond me, it can I think, only be explained by some complicated mathematical equation. But in a nutshell, it is the force trying to demolish the support tower under the top of the Obelisk as the Obelisk rises until it reaches maximum force when the obelisk is at an angle of something like 45 degrees, when it then slowly decreases until the obelisk is upright.    How to resist this changing force is the problem we face, a problem that for the last 4,000 years has defied the best engineers the world could produce.    We have abandoned what I called the barn door method, which was designed counter these forces, as being too crude. And have adopted a method I will call “The Organic Method”, so called because the support tower will appear to grow from the working platform under the top end of the obelisk, as the obelisk rises.    The support tower will increase in size on three sides as it grows, and on the remaining side beyond the obelisk will form a parabolic curve that follows the arc of the rising top end.    If this method works as well as I hope, how we achieve this will soon become apparent, and before too long we will have the obelisk standing upright.    We will commence growing this tower on Monday.    Below are a few pics of the movement of the obelisk, and as it now lies. Gordon.   <<previous blog page next blog page >> To read & post comments click here return to top of this page

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