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No. 6, a slice of diorite bearing equidistant and regular grooves of circular arcs, parallel to one another; these grooves have been nearly polished out by crossed grinding, but still are visible. The only feasible explanation of this piece is that it was produced by a circular saw.
And when we find on the surfaces of the saw-cuts in diorite, grooves as deep as 1/100 inch, it appears far more likely that such were produced by fixed jewel points in the saw, than by any fortuitous rubbing about of a loose powder. And when, further, it is seen that these deep grooves are almost always regular and uniform in depth, and equidistant, their production by the successive cuts of the jewel-teeth of a saw appears to be beyond question (...)
The great pressure needed to force the drills and saws so rapidly through the hard stones is very surprising; probably a load of at least a ton or two was placed on the 4 inch drills cutting in granite (...)
The principle of rotating the tool was, for sma!ler objects, abandoned in favour of rotating the work; and the lathe appears to have been as familiar an instrument in the fourth dynasty, as it is in modern workshops. The diorite bowls and vases of the Old Kingdom are frequently met with, and show great technical skill (...)
That no remains of these saws or tubular drills have yet been found is to be expected, since we have not yet found even waste specimens of work to a tenth of the amount that a single tool would produce; and the tools, instead of being thrown away like the waste, would be most carefully guarded (...)
We believe (...) that our work presents enough evidence to entertain the possibility that crucial parts of the Great Pyramids are indeed made of reconstituted limestone; only more research will tell. The conclusions reached herein, if confirmed by others on larger samples, clearly show that the Ancient Egyptians were not only exceptional civil and architectural engineers but also superb chemists and material scientists. They would also have to be credited with the invention of concrete, thousands of years before the Romans.
That a lime-based cement cast and cured at room temperature would survive for 5000 years — while the best our civilization has to offer, Portland cement, which under the best of circumstances lasts 150 years or less — is both awe inspiring and humbling. Lastly, we note that the full implications of our conclusions to history, in general, and Egyptology, in particular, have not escaped us.
If the Great Sphinx of Giza was weathered heavily, and at an early period in its existence, by precipitation, this suggests that it initially may have been carved prior to the last great period of major precipitation in this part of the Nile Valley. Egypt was subjected to erratic floods and what is sometimes referred to as the "Nabtian Pluvial" (a period of relatively heavy rainfall) from 12,000 or 10,000 to about 5,000 years ago; and it has been suggested that there were sporadic but relatively heavy rains during the Fourth Millennium (4000 to 3000 B.C.).
(...) As far as can be determined, the core of the Sphinx Temple (and possibly the core of the Valley Temple) is constructed out of titanic limestone blocks taken directly from the ditch around the Sphinx.Therefore, the limestone core of the Sphinx Temple (and also possibly the Valley Temple) must be as old as the great sculpture itself (...)
I am currently estimating -based on evidence at hand- that the origin of the colossal sculpture can be traced to at least 7000 to 5000 B.C., and perhaps even earlier. Of course, the Sphinx may not have looked like it does today some 8,000 years ago. The original surface details of the body have weathered away in the distant past, and the current head of the figure -which everyone agrees- is almost surely the result ot recarving.
Originally posted by Shane
We have some large scale attempt to belittle Egypt and it's people. It's been going on for 100's of years but still facts being discussed here are tell a different story.
Originally posted by LUXUS
reply to post by jeep3r
archeologists don't find glass in ancient Egypt other then maybe a few beads so the electric bulb theory is completely out of question.
Ancient Egypt was mass-producing its own glass objects more than 3,000 years ago, according to evidence from digs in the country's eastern Nile delta.
The finding rejects a theory that the Egyptians simply got their glass from the Mesopotamians and reworked it.
A UK team identified the first known site from Egypt with direct evidence of "primary" glass production, meaning the Egyptians made the glass from scratch.
Analyzing glass and clay fragments at Qantir-Piramesses in the eastern Nile Delta, researchers described a two-step process in which factories melted crushed quartz to form "semifinished" glass, then re-melted and colored it to make glass "ingots" for shipment to artisans elsewhere. They melted the glass again and shaped it into inlays, ornaments and other objects.
"For years, there was no direct evidence of the production of glass," said archaeologist Thilo Rehren of University College London. "Somebody was making it, but the only thing we had were museums full of glass objects."
Do the depicitions above show something that the ancient Egyptians actually 'used' or rather something they just saw and couldn't interpret correctly? Was it just symbolic?
Originally posted by Druscilla
reply to post by jeep3r
In regard to number 1, it's a visual representation of the flower's scent:
As to the other two, there may be some possible merit to some of these investigations, though there's some large hurdles in academia that will contest these.
Out of the two others, I personally favor the Sphinx weathering and evidence collected indicating a greater age than commonly accepted as the stronger of the two alternative arguments.
Originally posted by lonewolf19792000
reply to post by jeep3r
One thing I find interesting, is that people had the technology back then to cut stone with laser precision and drill perfect holes, using what we would call primitive tools, and there's always an ignoramus like:
Who claims it had to be aliens.
This one is a ancient Chinese bow saw. butt he Egyptians were also using this type of tech to cut stone with laser precision.
This one is an ancient Egyptian copper drill, used for drilling various sized holes, people often claim only aliens had the tech to do.
But there's nothing to indicate the pictographs at Dendera is even referring to a type of technology at all.