fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: January 09, 2013 08:00AM
In the south of Egypt, on the banks of the river Nile at Aswan, is one of the
strangest riddles of antiquity, an ancient quarry. In between the many bizarre
quarry marks that are characteristic to the area, lies an enormous obelisk. A
deep trench has been chopped away so that the profile of the obelisk is clearly
recognizable. But the base is still attached to the rock floor. Obviously the
obelisk was never finished and one suspects that the clearly visible crack is
the reason. If finished, it would have measured around 42 m (approximately 137
feet) and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons.
The obelisk, made of granite, one of the hardest materials on Earth, lies
embedded in the rock mass with little or no maneuvering space around it, making
it almost inconceivable how workers in the narrow trench were capable of carving
the obelisk. How would this giant structure have been removed from the quarry if
it had indeed been finished?
quasi Report This Comment
Date: January 09, 2013 10:49AM
In ancient Egypt, instead of saying "We'll cross that bridge when we come
to it," the phrase was "We'll right that obelisk when we come to
woberto Report This Comment
Date: January 09, 2013 04:06PM
One of it's relatives. Long story.