>>"Poured rocks"...... ya that's funny. Next they will be
>>telling us all that granite can only be scratched with diamonds
>>and that diorite is the hardest rocks on the face of the
>>Earth's surface (both completely false claims)...
>What? No link to one of your MacGyver-Egyptologist youtube
>videos boring holes in granite with a toothpick, bubble-gum,
>and some sand? Talk about a missed opportunity...
A piece of quartz stuck on the end of a toothpick will cut granite.... that's a fact. As for working granite with simple hand-powered tools I might suggest Stocks (2003) rather than an entwined UFO/fringe archeology aberration.
Stocks, D.A. (2003) Experiments in Egyptian Archaeology: Stoneworking Technology in Ancient Egypt. Routledge, Ney York, 336 p.
>>it's still more than a bit in question that aliens ever
>>built anything, but we do know one thing, and that is that many
>>fringe authors have at the very least a rather lacking
>>understanding of basic geology which produces completely absurd
>>and ridiculous claims
>Let's not pretend that any of the orthodox Egyptologists have a
>basic understanding of geology either, as they've been staring
>at high levels of water erosion on the Sphinx for over a
>hundred years without noticing it until Schoch came along.
No one from the orthodoxy who actually know what they are talking about states the Sphinx is not water eroded...... after all, it erodes today every time it rains on exposed surfaces.
>regardless, the crux of the matter is a basic understanding of
>engineering and mathematics, specifically the ability to
>quarry, transport, and place millions of 2.5 ton blocks with
>tolerances of .010 inch, placing a stone every 5 minutes, day
>and night, for 20 years.
"millions of 2.5 ton blocks with tolerances of .010 inch"..... is that before or after ignoring the wide joints clearly visible all over the pyramid's core masonry? I will give you another chance to actually get it right......
>Talk about the height of absurdity...
>And speaking of, please let me know when you've got a youtube
>video carving a 2.5 ton limestone block with a copper saw and
>some stones to smooth it down to a tolerance of .010 inch.
>That'd be swell!
A lapidary saw in a rigid jig is quite capable of making a very tight, smooth cut..... limestone is not that resistant to mineral abrasion. Calcite, the main mineral constituent of limestone, is only slightly harder than your fingernail, and is nowhere even remotely close to the hardness of diamond.
In the 1800s lithographic plate makers needed to produce flat surfaces on slabs of limestone so that they could get perfect registers and the slab didn't break under the repeated pressure exerted by the printing press. They became very skilled at doing this by hand with a levigator (i.e. a 10-12" cast iron disk with a handle sticking up from one side of its top surface), abrasive slurries, and a number of other simple lapidary tools. It's not really that complex and there doesn't appear to be any reason why the ancient Egyptian could not do this as well. A number of representations of rock polishing are presented in ancient Egyptian art. These appear to show stones used for smoothing, polishing, and shaping. They can be rectangular or round shaped blocks of rock with a flat smooth surface on one or more sides.
For a dynasty 18 example of a sandstone rubber for polishing type "UC395" into the search here [petriecat.museums.ucl.ac.uk].
The ancient Egyptians made these tools out of a variety of rock types, including granite, basalt, and sandstone (Clark & Engelbach 1930). These tools could be rubbed by hand back and forth or in a circular motion across the surface of the stone object with or without abrasive. Stone rubbers are generally used wet to prevent clogging of the grinding surface with rock dust, which lessens their effectiveness (Pond 1980).
Clark, S. & Engelbach, R. (1930) Ancient Egyptian masonry. Oxford University Press, New York, 242 p.
Pond, A. W. (1980) Primitive methods of working stone: based on experiments of Halvor L. Skavlem. Kraus Reprint, Millwood, N.Y., 143 p.
>>at worst they have a clear understanding that the
>>gullible they peddle that garbage to have a lacking as
>Ignoring your lack of grammar skills, at least the Ancient
>Alien crowd has a basic understanding of engineering. Unlike
>the gullible individuals who swallow the absurd nonsense
>regurgitated by the orthodox Egyptologists...
Those the same ones claiming granite can only be scratched with diamond? Apparently they missed the physical chemistry and materials testing portion of that engineering course they took through correspondence or whatever. It's pretty clear a rather lacking understanding of basic engineering seems present too....
I seem to remember years ago pointing out to one of those individuals claiming "granite can only be scratched with diamond"... that quartz, the hardest primary mineral in granite, is nowhere close to the hardness of diamond (i.e. like about only 10% of such).
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