> Corpuscles Wrote:
> "I am NOT suggesting the Serapeum boxes themselves
> were man made (stone) NOR geopolymer"
> My caution about the geopolymer theory definitely
> increases when it comes to igneous, but I do think
> there was something going on with igneous rock as
> well. Just gotta be more careful to identify
> which is which between megalithic work around the
> world so I can at least figure out the distinction
> of common elements of those works.
I (and likely others) realise you wish to bump the subject a little. But, you offer fair comment and questions.
CAUTION is required with any hypothesis. Igneous is more difficult to understand as the exact modern recipes are more closely guarded secrets (manufacture under patent or licence). There is a lot more mixing of several fine ingredients involved. It is difficult to tell fake from real .
Ancients did split rock with feather and wedges, did use hard stone polishing blocks which were ground down to flat, did use primitive bronze implements. However, there is a lot of things in the 'extremely unexplained mystery area" that really only can be adequately explained by an artificial stone mix!
> Its not sexy to think of this work having been
> coated with a sealant, but those drips are pretty
> clearly THAT material, as opposed to drips of
> actual melted/softened rock. The images of
> 'vitrification' chipping off various places around
> the world I suppose could be that sealant, having
> bonded to the surface and come off, but it feels
> like a leap to assume it was that strong to have
> created a hardened shell around what is already
> hard granite and chipped off. It implies the
> sealant is harder than granite, and that seems
I may have misled you by referring incidentally to the spray on concrete. The geopolymer, on setting alone, is already much harder than concrete.
There are many reasons why (other than additional hardness) you would use a sealant on concrete or natural stone!
eg Seal from water penetration,; make nice and smooth (as per Yousef description); bring out and preserve natural colour or enhance it; driveway -bond irregular texture to provide better wear under abrasive traffic; UV protection; make shiny and clean appearance etc etc
> The idea of using a sealant makes sense at least
> for the Canadian climate considering the damage
> moisture can do seeping into micro cracks and
> inclusions and then expanding and contracting with
> such a wide range of temperature change. But
> these places are equatorial. Ice age?
Well (eg Cuzco is only about 13 deg South latitude) BUT it is 3700 m or near 11,000ft+ elevation it gets really cold and ice forms. Ice/frost and then high temp, is a rock of any descriptions', worst enemy! So fill the granular gaps to make water run off as slick and easy as possible.
No way imho, that these structures date to ice age. The limestone based ,or like, ones would show much greater effects of weathering.
> Put another 'need to study' on the list as far as
> those drips on the serapeum box. Somebody needs
> to grab a sample and get it under a
That's unlikely to happen. Even Peru is difficult but I think that will get done eventually or again.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10-Jan-20 21:04 by Corpuscles.