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originally posted by: eriktheawful
What about grinding?
Using coarse material to smooth out shapes in and on rocks.
Mostly for the rather curvy shapes we see.
It would take a while, but then: is there a stop and start date on the depression/shape/stairs/hole, etc ? Do we know how long it took? And if it takes quite a long time, why do we expect the people that created things like this to be in a hurry?
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
A page that goes into some detail on the myths and legends of the Inca stone masons:
Lost Civilizations of the Andes
The name of the plant that allegedly 'softens stone' is Ephedra andina. It's alkaline and also a banned performance enhancing drug.
Someone posted about this a few years back here on ATS: The plant that softens stone
But whoever it was that first invented the art of thus cutting marble, and so multiplying the appliances of luxury, he displayed considerable ingenuity, though to little purpose. This division, though apparently effected by the aid of iron, is in reality effected by sand; the saw acting only by pressing upon the sand within a very fine cleft in the stone, as it is moved to and fro. The sand of Aethiopia is the most highly esteemed for this purpose; for, to add to the trouble that is entailed, we have to send to Aethiopia for the purpose of preparing our marble--aye, and as far as India even; whereas in former times, the severity of the Roman manners thought it beneath them to repair thither in search of such costly things even as pearls! This Indian sand is held in the next highest degree of estimation, the Aethiopian being of a softer nature, and better adapted for dividing the stone without leaving any roughness on the surface; whereas the sand from India does not leave so smooth a face upon it. Still, however, for polishing marble, we find it recommended to rub it with Indian sand calcined. The sand of Naxos has the same defect; as also that from Coptos, generally known as "Egyptian" sand. Pliny, Natural History, Book 36, § 9
Amazon has an easy and cheap way to self publish called "createspace' and they have E-book system for their Kindle
originally posted by: SLAYER69
a reply to: Hanslune
Machine marks are very intriguing to me to say the least, Writing a book as has been mentioned quite a few times would be hard as hell to get published because quite frankly, I'm a nobody and have no backing.
So, I'll pester everybody here with my eye for the unique, ignored and bizarre.
originally posted by: AnteBellum
a reply to: JamesTB
This is a very good topic that has left me self-debating for years now.
In a lot of these cases they are simple quarry marks and the weathering, wearing afterwards causes the 'molded' effect. But this does not account for everything and I have seen(some you posted) cases that look like the stone was cast.
I hope at some point they decide to remove some of the stones temporarily to see what the hidden sides reveal. If they are smooth and tight on all sides it would strengthen this argument and maybe there would even be other identification features present hidden underneath that would give more insight.
originally posted by: ArmyOfNobunaga
a reply to: JamesTB
Softened stone would have led to muuuuch more stone art than what we see today. Stone sculptures would be more abundant. Heck hand impressions in stone even?
originally posted by: Hanslune
a reply to: JamesTB
The long bands may have been caused by their use of scaffolding. reset at different levels, look at the metal railing to get an idea of size.
The site at Aswan has excellent examples of how the 'pounders' art was done to include lots of diorite hammer stones abandoned in situ.