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"Over the past several decades, South African miners have found hundreds of metallic spheres, at least one of which has three parallel grooves running around its equator. The spheres are of two types--'one of solid bluish metal with white flecks, and another which is a hollow ball filled with a white spongy center' (Jimison 1982)."
* the bitumen completely covers the copper cylinder, electrically insulating it, so no current can be drawn without modifying the design; * there are not any wires or conductors with them; * no widely accepted electrical equipment is associated with them. (Controversial stone reliefs depicting arc lights have been suggested, however the voltages obtained are orders of magnitude below what would be needed to produce arc lighting); * a bitumen seal, being thermoplastic, is excellent for forming a hermetic seal for long term storage. It would be extremely inconvenient however for a galvanic cell, which would require frequent topping up of the electrolyte (if they were intended for extended use).
Core: The paper you mention at the end of your post, about the age of the Sphinx to be around 1 million years ago takes as the reference age of the sphinx as what is provided by Madam Blavatsky, of the Ascended master Thingy fame or Theosophy, which is very well established as a pseudo-whatever organization/movement. The reference age thus used is not reliable then.
In the recent years one could observe the growth of interest in dating the construction of the Great Egyptian Sphinx (GES), which is determined, to a considerable extent, by new ideas about geological factors which could influence its safety. In view of another interpretation of the geological and naturegeographical data the historical-archaeological method for determining the GES age (about 5000 years old) can prove to be unfounded. The authors of the report have another point of view in considering the problem. We have taken the GES age such as it was indicated by theosophist Yelena Blavatskaya in one of her basic works (1937). She wrote: “Notice the indestructible witness of evolution of Human races, from Divine, and especially Androgynous race, the Egyptian Sphinx, that mystery of centuries”. According to Blavatskaya the time of GES erection should exceed 750000 years. Are there some geological indications which are evidence for such an old age of the Sphinx? Consider the brief prehistory of the problem.
The authors of the paper have taken the accepted age of the Sphinx as 750,000 years from M. Blavatsky's works. It is mentioned in the first page of the paper
If they had taken the proper accepted age of the Sphinx (accepted by general consensus of the Archaeologists), the whole picture will be different. Blavatsky was a fraud! Same as Daniken!
Coredrill: But, since everything has to be taken with an open mind, i would say, let them actually go there ...
In order to study the geological situation and to specify the
role of possible factors for the destruction of GES, one of the
authors of this report has made a visual investigation of the
monument on the spot (in the Republic of Egypt).
Coredrill:...and measure the data they have provided - mind it, they were just quoting the data provided by other papers by other scientists/geologists!!
Coredrill: Or, let some other geologists corroborate their findings/data.