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Originally posted by opensecret1150
A related conumdrum is that the mysterious technology that built the Great Pyramid seems to have sprung from nowhere, with no logical progression towards it coming before. And, in fact, the subsequent pyramids were LESS advanced!
[edit on 3-6-2005 by opensecret1150]
Originally posted by fishmaster
Why have a bike when you could have an aircraft.
from a random google page:
Ancient pottery from Peru depicts Incas in flight. There are drawings of men with wings and pictures of men in boat-like baskets under what looked like balloons. It is also known that, even today, in some remote locations priests use little model balloons lifted by hot air to send up prayers to gods.
Woodson found an ancient cloth dated to be some 1500 years old in almost perfect condition. The Nazca climate's dry air had kept it from falling apart. When inspected by hot-air balloon experts today, it was found that the Incan cloth seemed stronger and had a tighter weave than what is used today for hot-air balloons. Woodson was amazed! From Maria Reiche, an expert on the Nazca lines, he was able to determine that the ancient balloons were cone-shaped like an upside-down pyramid.
Huge pieces of cloth formed the sides, and beginning at the center, they sewed the pieces together. This gave the balloon its spiral shape. Woodman built a balloon out of the same materials that were available to the ancient Incans. IT FLEW. When it landed, it left a large, dark crater on the earth, similar to other ones found on the Nazca Plains region.