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9 Have they not travelled in the earth and seen how was the end of those before them? They were stronger than these in prowess, and dug up the earth, and built on it in greater abundance than these have built on it, and there came to them their messengers with clear arguments; so it was not beseeming for God that He should deal with them unjustly, but they dealt unjustly with their own souls. Section 30 The Romans Verse 9
Originally posted by FreedomCommander
They had everything, but with everything comes the terrible things. Anything the technology-related to the past, is gone, and no historical find would be older than 5000 years old, unless it was buried in dirt 5 or more miles to the ground.
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by ignorant_ape
Exactly. I have watched stone masons at work at the Minster Stone Yards in York - they specialise in early medieval masonry and still use many traditional techniques. They have no problems doing very intricate carvings with very little effort. The way they cut huge rocks makes it look like childs play to be honest (obviously isn't, they are just very skilled at what they do).
Whilst they specialise in the early medieval stone carvings, the techniques haven't changed all that much over the years. They refuse to use modern equipment for some cuts because the machinery can damage the rocks (not sure of the science behind this but probably to do with the frequencies generated).
Originally posted by Hanslune
In fact it was probably made by Agesander, Athenodoros and Polydorus, three rather good Greeks artists, using bronze and iron chisels, wooden mallets and a large amount of talent
The chisel was the sharp-edged metallic bar that directly chipped away at the stone. Greek artists had the luxury of iron chisels that dated all the way back to the early Archaic era (700-480 B.C.). The chisels were much harder than the copper and bronze ones that the Egyptians used before them. Stronger metal chisels made for more precise cutting of the stone and allowed for sculpting harder rocks like marble.