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Blog 27th February 2016    Its been a week of extremes this last week, during the early part of the week we were close to despondency, but by the end of the week we were almost jubilant.    You may remember that a few weeks ago Steve and myself had been elevating one of our four ton stones above the height of the other, in order to move it on top of the other. With no-one available to watch what was happening during each lift, we were blind during the action of each lift. However it soon became apparent that with each lift we were moving the stone to port as well as elevating it. Why this was happening we had no idea but decided to carry on anyway. When we had it at the right height we would steer it back to starboard as we moved it over the other stone.    We had by the end of last week been able to move the stone back to starboard several inches and towards the obelisk almost a foot. However, the makeshift extension to the crib we had constructed on the port side was looking anything but safe. We decided that it would be best to move the stone to starboard, and get it back on the original part of the crib which looked a lot safer. We tried rollers under the stone with no success at all, and decided that we would think about this over the weekend.    Monday was a Buddhist holiday so in respect to the locals we didn't work. On Tuesday we resumed, Joe was away so it was just the three of us. We tried every way we could think of to move the stone on the rollers back to starboard and made zero progress, by 11am we were out of ideas. We finished for the day. I rolled a cigarette and sat down to recharge my batteries, I was getting too old for this kind of work. Sean produced a pair of binoculars and he and Steve were soon deep into a conversation about different species birds they could see. Ornithology being of little interest to me personally, this left me deep in thought about the problem of moving the stone back to starboard, when I had recovered my energy somewhat, I got up and walked over to the obelisk. Stone-rowing was the answer but how can we arrange the levers at the stern of the block when the crib supporting the obelisk is in the way? I wandered around looking at the setup from every angle. Arranging the levers at the bow was no problem, and as I wandered round I could see that because we had moved the block so far to port we could now get three levers on the corner that was sticking out beyond the support crib. As the rowing action would take the levers away from the crib this would also prove no problem. The only problem would be at the starboard stern quarter, perhaps we could leave the roller on that quarter, and as we rowed the roller would start to roll.    I wandered back over to Sean and Steve, and interrupted their conversation. It was decided that we would give it a try the next day.    Wednesday we gave it a try and again failed to move the stone, the rollers on one quarter just refused to roll. We eventually gave up on the rollers, we would just have to find a way of lifting that corner with levers. The only way was to use a lever set at angle of forty-five degrees, so that it would have some travel before it came up against the support crib. We gave this a try and it worked, we were moving the stone in the right direction at last. We had to reset this lever several times to complete each rowing action, but each time we reset it we were increasing the travel on the lever. The photos below will give you an idea of the progress we had made by the end of the session.    By the end of the session on Thursday we had moved the stone all the way back to starboard, and all that remained was to move it towards the plinth. We now knew that the stone couldn't roll to port,  it could only roll off the bow, but that was unlikely as we were back working on the original crib which was much safer.    Friday we were all excited, now it promised to be easy. We could arrange the levers on both the port and starboard sides and operate the levers unimpeded by any obstruction, as we moved the stone towards the obelisk. By the time we finished we were almost there, we had most of the stone on top of the lower stone, and now it couldn't roll anywhere. We we jubilant. See photos below:    Next week will we finish moving the stone towards the plinth, and then pack between this stone and the obelisk. With the obelisk supported by three separate cribs, we can rearrange the crib nearest the plinth and make it stronger using a combination of crib and props, and using the mass of the nine ton stone to prop against. In this way we can remove the middle crib, and move the top four ton stone further and further towards the plinth, as the obelisk rises. It should be interesting to keep looking at our weekly blog. You can still subscribe for free, and you will receive an email with a link to the latest blog. With the experience we have gained over the last few months and the probable advantages of using a stone staircase becoming more and more apparent, we now believe that we can use this experiment to possibly prove mathematically, how any obelisk ever erected by the ancient Egyptians could have been accomplished, including the one that they didn't erect: The Unfinished Obelisk at Aswan.    Best regards Gordon.  << previous blog page next blog page >> To read & post comments click here return to top of this page

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