I read stocks years back and wasn't really impressed
>with his methods or conclusions.
>Apparently, neither was Dunn. As he pointed out in his 'Obelisk
>Quarry Mystery' article, using the best-case scenario from
>Stocks' own calculations regarding the quarrying of the 440-ton
>Aswan obelisk, he concluded:
"best-case scenario"?..... Dunn (2002) uses a rate (one of two) that is exactly the same as for the carving of a hieroglyphic with a flint chisel in Stocks (2001) to calculate his claim of 50 years (the other one which is unpublished appears to be the rate for the flattening of a rock surface for sawing, another fine dressing technique mentioned in Stocks 2001). So one should at this point understand that the conclusions of Dunn (2002) are just complete nonsense because the ancient Egyptians did not quarry by carving finely crafted hieroglyphics over and over again to form a deep trench . I don't blame you for not knowing this because Dunn (2002) does not actually tell the reader what the rates used in his calculation were actually for he just says something like they are the "best available". They are not in any remote sense..... Engelbach (1923) in the most detailed and cited book on the unfinished obelisk at Aswan (one that Mr. Dunn admitted to not reading after the article was published and I remember he was told about it beforehand when he asked for references for obelisks at another messageboard) did quarrying experiments at Aswan with dolerite pounders and used those rates to calculate that it would take about 2 years for its excavation by the ancient Egyptians, not 50 years. Mr. Dunn was told about these problems in his 2002 article very shortly after it was published..... the article was then republished in Kenyon (2005) without any relevant corrections to such.
Dunn, C. (2002) The obelisk quarry mystery: Do Egyptologist really know how these monuments were created. Atlantis Rising, 34, p. 44 & 70-71.
Engelbach, R. (1923) The problem of the obelisks, from a study of the unfinished obelisk at Aswan. G.R. Doran,, New York, 134 p.
Kenyon, J.D. (2005) Forbidden history: prehistoric technologies, extraterrestrial intervention, and the suppressed origins of civilization Bear & Company, 344 p.
Stocks, D.A. (2001) Testing ancient Egyptian granite-working methods in Aswan. Upper Egypt, Antiquity, 75, 89-94.
BTW, you were recently told about this problem in Dunn (2002) and you choose to ignore it and post the claim like it still had some validity:
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