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originally posted by: Shiloh7
a reply to: Phage
I am wondering how workmen would have levered this block out of the ground in the Aswan Quarry.
As you will see there is precious little room to manoeuvre leverage poles within the space around this block which weighed 1168 tons. Interestingly, it was also still attached to the ground, not having been cut away yet, which suggests a capability I suspect we don't have the ability to match today.
I appreciate the stone was split, but we don't know when that occurred. It would not be logical for workmen to have laboured on such a huge task if they did not think they could cut it free then lift it up from its bed and move it.
Flinders Petrie was of the opinion that machining took place in ancient Egypt. As machining technology was in its infancy in the early 1900's, the attached article makes the point that it is only in recent decades that "modern-looking machine tool marks have been fully recognised" that match the marks found in the quarries there.