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reply to post by rickymouse
That's biology, not technology. Unless you are insinuating that dolphins have genetically altered themselves.
edit on 12/29/2013 by Phage because: (no reason given)
Anytime I see a post like this I just imagine some super advance race comes here and uses all their advance technology to only manipulate raw stone....hehe when you look at it like that it sounds really ridiculous, doesn't it?
edit on 29-12-2013 by Xtrozero because: (no reason given)
...I just imagine some super advance race comes here and uses all their advance technology to only manipulate raw stone....hehe when you look at it like that it sounds really ridiculous, doesn't it?
I agree it is astounding, but not for an advance space faring race...Even today we would not work build anything in just raw stone other than as art maybe. I think you missed my point in there is nothing advance about working with raw stone.
Sometimes I think the ancients accomplishments are undermined by the ancient alien theory, ...
The question of 'why?' is often overshadowed by the question of 'how'?. Once we understand the why we can then begin to question the how.
I really like the "why" question in your first paragraph. In all the discussion I read and shows I watch, it rarely gets addressed much less answered.
Either moving huge stones around was easy for these early people or it wasn't. If it wasn't, what was the driving force (the why)? Where is a modern analog we could derive a possible "why" from?
...Unknown ancient civilizations? Yes. The way we keep moving the timeline back, it would be arrogant to believe what we know this moment will hold for all time. What we know today is just a pause until the next discovery is made. That's actually pretty exciting.
As far as a changing environment, I am not sure what we could even entertain what would make that much difference. Maybe the oxygen content was higher which made bigger/stronger humans?
My premise involves humans developing advanced technologies - not aliens. I doubt we have any individual or company today who could do the work illustrated above. And I think you're wrong - the technology required to create Petra, Aby Simbel, the Ajanta Caves and the Ellora Caves is highly advanced. Working with stone is tricky - sculptors go with the stone and let the figure emerge but carving straight lines, right angles and the like into hard rock is another story. Never mind the detailed architectural plans required. And remember, mistakes carved into rock cannot be fixed or fudged. Once it's done, it's done. Look at those pictures again. Please.
As it happens though, if I were an emissary from an advanced planet sent to 'teach' the primitive earthlings, I certainly would create a curriculum that used the materials at hand. In fact, the whole 'Masons' and their secrets' thing is easy to understand when you recognize the knowledge, skill and technology required to complete these projects. It could still go either way though - human developed knowledge or alien teachings.
reply to post by soficrow
I commend your attempt at finding alternate ideas, besides the old ATS stand-by "Aliens did it. Ancient man could have never done it".
Although I'm not sure a magnetic pole reversal would have a result in wiping out all these missing ancient techs (stone masonry just as an example), also not sure if supernovae ( some of the most powerful explosions in the universe) would only affect tech and not destroy much more.
Other reasons for lost tech are almost too numerous to count, though. Not just "Aliens picked up and left".