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I get a strong impression that you think three dimensional carving, in proper proportion, on a massive scale, is easy as the blink of an eye; apparently, you're not a carver on any scale. One of my hobbies is carving, mostly in wood, but some stone work, on a small scale (1 to 2 foot sizes). On any scale, it takes considerable planning, (after all, you remove too much, you can hardly put it back succesfully) and on the massive scale of the Sphinx, a tremendous amount of organisation for the actual sculpting, stone removal, feeding/housing the workforce, etc.; this isn't a matter of magic, but requires a reasonably well developed culture to make it happen. BTW, as for keeping things in proportion, I do recognize that the head of the Sphinx is quite small for the other proportions of the sculpture, and I therefore subscribe to the idea that it was likely an entire lion, at first. I think the human face is a later modification by an over-ego-ed Pharoah. Considering the badly eroded condition of the body, relative to the head, and the fact that the body was buried for a considerable part of its past, I agree with others that it is likely far older that Pharoaonic.

How 'easy' was it for us, in the 20th century, to carve the faces on Mt. Rushmore? It still took a full generation, even with power drills/chisels, and explosives; we didn't even bother to haul away the rubble-it still piled up at the foot of the mountain. Perhaps this in itself means that we are not 'advanced'.

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To John A West: I Honorably Object 503 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 07:27
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 266 Dyrham 08-Jan-04 12:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 273 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:27
Yes and No 253 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 15:29
Re: Yes and No 255 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 16:20
exactly! 278 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:44
Re: exactly! 276 Elizabeth Newton 09-Jan-04 01:31
Re: exactly! 258 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:34
that's a big help ...NOT!~ 232 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:46
Re: that's a big help ...NOT!~ 267 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 05:07
I'll try again 262 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:33
Re: I'll try again 198 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 15:57
Re: I'll try again 241 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 16:19
Re: I'll try again 206 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 16:29
Re: exactly! 229 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 241 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:46
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 213 rubberdown 08-Jan-04 12:28
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 228 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:31
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 263 cardinal guzman 08-Jan-04 13:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 205 Dyrham 09-Jan-04 18:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 262 SunSword 09-Jan-04 19:29
On the way to the park 274 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 14:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 317 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:20
An apology? Where? 271 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 16:33
I can only opine that... 241 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:56
Re: I can only opine that... 223 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:00
The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 249 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 251 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:23
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 246 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:31
Re: An apology? Where? 252 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 17:01
You are ignoring.. 256 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:07
Re: You are ignoring.. 222 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:38
hard to believe 236 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 23:04
Re: hard to believe 214 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:28
Re: hard to believe 250 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:34
Re: hard to believe 229 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 12:36
Re: hard to believe 239 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:39
Re: hard to believe 227 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:00
in this thread 230 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:54
Re: An apology? Where? 210 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: An apology? Where? 227 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:39
Re: An apology? Where? 236 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:26
Re: An apology? Where? 271 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:05
Re: An apology? Where? 283 Bent 08-Jan-04 17:42
Re: An apology? Where? 248 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:48
Re: An apology? Where? 241 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:53
clarification 252 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:57
Warwick & Gerd......... 246 Bent 08-Jan-04 19:17
Bent 262 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 19:46
Re: Bent 217 Bent 08-Jan-04 19:56
Re: Bent 256 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 20:23
Re: Bent 232 Bent 08-Jan-04 20:26
Re: Bent 241 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 20:32
Re: Bent 208 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:25
Re: Bent 207 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:56
Re: Bent 237 G. VDC 10-Jan-04 16:13
Re: An apology? Where? 216 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 18:16
Lobo... 225 Bent 08-Jan-04 18:31
Re: An apology? Where? 215 Jaimi 08-Jan-04 23:59
And the body faced east 206 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 16:53
Re: And the body faced east 184 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:03
Re: And the body faced east 219 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 18:21
Hold on a minute 238 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:32
Re: The Measured Sphinx 261 JDMilller 08-Jan-04 18:31
Re: The Measured Sphinx 228 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:38
I'll try! 241 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:46
*GRINS* 229 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:53
Re: *GRINS* 239 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:43
Re: The Measured Sphinx 245 cardinal guzman 09-Jan-04 00:17
Re: The Measured Sphinx 221 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:20
Re: The Measured Sphinx 266 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:54
Great example of the fluff JAW was complaining about 237 Laird Scranton 08-Jan-04 23:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 192 Diomede 09-Jan-04 00:50
The Sakkara Tombs 265 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 12:34
G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 237 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 15:43
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 256 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 17:03
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 212 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 20:55
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 243 G. VDC 10-Jan-04 14:33
Original Thinking and Common Sense 230 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:32
can we please.. 255 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:40
Walk this way ..... 214 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:53
Re: Walk this way ..... 227 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:58
Oh deary dear ! 231 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 18:10
the Topic is.. 227 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 18:41
Re: the Topic is.. 232 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 18:48
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 276 Greg Reeder 10-Jan-04 19:49
nonsense reigns 227 j_bowles 10-Jan-04 20:02
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 275 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 20:07
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 277 R Avry Wilson 11-Jan-04 08:03
are you saying... 277 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:40
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 267 G. VDC 11-Jan-04 13:18
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 227 Laird Scranton 11-Jan-04 16:00
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 258 Greg Reeder 12-Jan-04 03:32
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 241 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:56
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 197 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:58
Mr West... 239 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 16:16
Re: Mr West... 224 Laird Scranton 09-Jan-04 19:47
Re: Mr West... 241 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 23:37
Re: Mr West... 226 Laird Scranton 09-Jan-04 23:45
Re: Mr West... 259 Cynnara 10-Jan-04 00:14
Re: Mr West... 227 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 05:10
Re: Mr West... 208 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 06:03
Re: Mr West... 220 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 16:32
I could be wrong but... 221 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 16:46
Re: Mr West... 228 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:33
Archae...... 258 Bent 10-Jan-04 20:11
Re: Mr West... 296 Cynnara 10-Jan-04 12:26
Re: Mr West... 231 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 06:00
Re: Mr West... 249 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 16:35
Re: Mr West... 248 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:36
Re: Mr West... 231 Laird Scranton 11-Jan-04 00:08
Re: Mr West... 216 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 16:59
Re: Mr West... 199 Archae Solenhofen 12-Jan-04 06:30
Episode 3 of JAW's Magical Tour 208 Atlantida 09-Jan-04 20:59


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