reply to post by MarsSentinel
which story do you prefer is all very well, but historical research aint about making up stories, it is about examining the evidence in it's various
megaliths exist all over the world, often in situ with the tools used to make them, and usually bearing the marks of those tools.... its just that non
archaeological shows/books etc dont mention that, i guess it destroys their "story"
these sites are not 25k yrs old either, all the reliable evidence points at around about 3k yrs, read the thread etc for this info or remain in the
dark i guess.
as for ancient rope, a few examples have been found, but naturally these things do not survive well in the archaeological record, though we do have a
few... i believe oetzi's kit has some *comparable* items... however, from studying modern "primitive" groups we can see that cordage is very widely
made in such groups, and many historians, anthropologists and archaeologists agree that the ancient world was basicly held together with string!
combine many peices of string in the same method that the individual strings were made and you have rope, similar to how rope for sails was made in
rope-walks a couple of hundreds of years ago
i have made string and rope myself m,any times, and with practice and sharing knowledge with other practitioners, it becomes an easy art (you dont
even need to look at what you are doing in the end, you can just chat by the campfire and turn out string), and the results are highly practical and
modern native american women who practice the art are said to be able to produce about 10 feet of cordage from yucca leaves per hour. it can be made
from fibres from bark (from willow and lime trees for example), hemp and nettle fibres, yukka leaves, split brambles, tanned leather, even rawhide and
so forth... look up "z twist, s ply cordage" (or otherway round, dont remember precise terminology off hand, getting my kid ready for beavers
the likes of ray mears and bear grylls also demonstrate these skills.
like most things, it seems impossible when you dont know anything of the methods, then as you experiment, practice and refine skills, the bigger
picture opens up before you
edit on 30-1-2013 by skalla because: typos, clarity etc etc
edit on 30-1-2013 by skalla because: more clarity