> "There is absolutely nothing about that masonry
> that is innate, natural, logical, pragmatic or
> practical from any known human perspective. "
> Are you talking about all masonry here Jon or just
> certain examples of masonry? Don't we build
> buildings to live and work in today using masonry?
Eddie, I interpreted the point to be whether the ancient stonework we see around the world today is the result of truly independent "instinctive skills" expressed by separate civilizations regarding similar architectural methods including pyramids, along with scoop marks, bosses, and precision cuts into igneous blocks vs. whether it all originated by a more ancient civilization, the knowledge from which spread around the globe to different subsequent civilizations, each with its own regional variations that we see in the artifacts that survived until today.
Sure we make buildings out of masonry in modern times, but we've had plenty of time to study other civilizations around the world first, so that's not a good example of the phenomenon. In fact, the USA is still primarily stuck on building homes with wood and not cement or stone. I'd say certain regions of old Europe have a bit of a lead in that regard.
To propose the possibility that such ancient stonework is somehow laid into genetic archetypes without any precedent in ancient times and sprung up by way of it being self-evident to each of those civilizations is illogical since it's clearly so completely foreign to humans today; there are 7 billion of us who apparently haven't been able to figure out how they did it yet. Clearly, not so obvious to the human genome.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?