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#1    SpaceyKC

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Posted 29 June 2001 - 08:20 PM

   I just read about an experiment in California, to demonstrate how the ancient Egyptians may have been able to erect large stones.  They used a mammoth kite to set a 6,900 pound obelisk upright.  It took two tries but less than 5 minutes to raise the obelisk, which had been prone on the ground. I think that's pretty fascinating. I mean, how many people would have thought of using the wind?(Besides you, Magikman!!)
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Posted 29 June 2001 - 08:36 PM

Actually, Ancient Greeks, used wind and water for the basis of their lives, on many different levels.  They were a very advanced civilization, but also they were very concious people of nature, and their surroundings.  It would not be too far fetched to think that they might have thought of this technology.   :-*


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Posted 29 June 2001 - 08:37 PM

Nora,

 I had seen the same idea featured a while ago. I don't know exactly where, but I found a link to a Time magazine article that discusses it. It is an intriguing theory, but problematic in several ways. There is no colaborating evidence to suggest the Egyptians used this method in any historical records or even any stylized hieroglyphs of the time. The tried and true ramping and brute human strength is still the popular theory.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/printout/0,8816,35072,00.html

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Posted 30 June 2001 - 04:29 PM

Thanks again, Magikman!  :D  
    Interesting site, I had just read about it in our Sunday newspaper! (Leading me to believe it was recent!) :(

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