posted on Aug, 9 2010 @ 12:26 PM
If Kandinsky, Byrd and Harte haven't already thrown enough links at you, here's a few more...
This paper by Denys Stocks goes into more technical detail on Egyptian stone working;
Stone sarcophagus manufacture in ancient Egypt
, he gives references to
other sources on Egyptian stone working as well (Petrie, among them).
Stocks wrote 3 papers outlining Egyptian stone working methods, they are:
- Ancient factory mass-production techniques: indications of large-scale stone bead manufacture during the Egyptian New Kingdom Period. Antiquity,
- Making Stone vessels in Ancient Mesoptamia and Egypt. Antiquity, (1993)
- Testing Ancient Egyptian Granite-Working Methods in Aswan, Upper Egypt. Antiquity, (2001)
During Stocks experiments he found that a smooth copper saw, in the form of a 6mm wide slab (to match found tool marks), worked best with dry sand as
grit for cutting granite. Serrated blades proved less effective. All it took was time and labor.
A few more handy links on ancient tools and methods of their use:
Reshafim.org.il: Stone vessels
Reshafim also has more at
Ancient Egyptian resources: Stone
"Unforbidden geology", which gives several illustrations on Egyptian stone working methods; Ancient
Egyptian Stoneworking Tools and Methods
(this site is only a mirror of the original which vanished when geocities ceased operation).
When I was younger I remember a show on PBS where this guy would do projects by hand, no electric power tools.
Was that the "Woodwrights Shop
"? great show, although it's star (Roy Underhill) was a bit of a
[edit on 9-8-2010 by Blackmarketeer]