> Steve Clayton wrote:
> > I can't even imagine, pulling stones around
> > anymore...
> When I started I figured they used lots of methods to move
> stone around and often they just muscled them into position.
> But the more I look the more I think they never used brute
> strenght to move them. The closest they came was probably on
> the loading platform but evenb here the stones were gently
> moved down a short slope into position in almost every case.
> Once in a while there would be a miscalculation and they might
> need to lift a stone a few inches.
> There was simply never any need to drag stones around.
> In fact I seriously doubt anyt of the ancient megalithic
> projects required men to strap on stones and march hither and
> yon. If this had been a requirement then they simply would
> have used wood to build. The closest they came to stone
> dragging might have been Stonehenge but I suspect all these
> stones coasted most of the way up the hills on sleds.
> The fascination of modern people with superstitious bumpkins
> dragging stones is simple nonsense.
> Post Edited (29-Jan-15 22:11)
I agree. As long as there was pre-planning involved, why not use gravity to always assist your efforts, verses working against you. You would always want to slid down a stone down into place, and use levers to snug it tight. That would require we build to a slightly higher staging area, unload the cargo, and slide as much as possible, down into place.
Now that is a design challenge. If the stones arrive by Funicular power, and you simply unload them, by sliding them off and down into position, what construction method, would that look like?
It would not be one large level floor.