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China city materials were moved using ice

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China's 15th century Forbidden City was built by moving blocks along artificial paths made from ice.

Constructed at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, the city was thought to have been built from materials transported using traditional wheeled carts, but now a new research effort has revealed that the ancient Chinese workers may have used ice instead.

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Huh. Not sure if I believe it, but OK.

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So they only do this during winter season? How much needed for the water to freeze? Not sure but isn't it more time consuming than using wheeled carts?

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I agree that it sounds like more work then the cart and wheels.

How did they stop the water freezing in the well?

What stopped the people pulling to stop slipping?

Wouldn't heavy rocks just gradually plow into the ice?

If they were waiting for it to be so cold that water quickly froze then any snow would mess thing up I think.

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While the ice is perhaps the more exotic of the methods of transport, II could imagine that several methods of transport were used dependent upon the season.

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I agree that it sounds like more work then the cart and wheels.

How did they stop the water freezing in the well?

What stopped the people pulling to stop slipping?

Wouldn't heavy rocks just gradually plow into the ice?

If they were waiting for it to be so cold that water quickly froze then any snow would mess thing up I think.

1. The more mass of water, the less likely it is to freeze solid. They'd just have to keep breaking the ice on top, which you had to do anyway with drinking wells in the old days.

2. Cleats. http://www.oldgarden...Clogs--B--1.jpg

3. how much do you think this puppy weighs? [media=]

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4. Beijing's winter climate is fairly dry.

Maybe this is proof the Chinese invented curling?

Edited by Oniomancer

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Stonehenge stone transportation mystery solved maybe? I was tending toward the theory that the stones had been wrapped in a huge basket so they could be rolled and floated but this has me thinking... hmmm

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