Friday, March 20, 2015

Massive effort to move 340-ton megalith is no longer routine

The following article is about a rare modern effort to move a massive megalith that requires an enormous amount of equipment; in ancient times they did this hundreds of times without the assistance of modern technology. Experiments to replicate the massive moves without advanced technology were limited to megaliths that were for the most part no more than 10 tons. A couple exceptions involved megaliths that were still no more than 50 tons and they involved cheating or at best very limited success.

February 29, 2012 — LOS ANGELES (AP) — After months of preparation, a massive boulder has begun its 105-mile journey to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The 340-ton chunk of granite that acclaimed earth artist Michael Heizer selected to be the centerpiece of his latest creation left a dusty rock quarry in Riverside late Tuesday. The boulder will make a circuitous journey through nearly two dozen Southern California cities to the museum's backyard, where it is to become the focal point of Heizer's "Levitated Mass."…..

What he found was two stories high, teardrop-shaped and so heavy and bulky it took a specially built flatbed trailer the length of a football field to transport it. The trailer, equipped with 44 axels, built to hold at least a million pounds and powered by 550- to 650-horsepower engines in the front and back, will be accompanied by as many as 60 people who will clear a path for the rock and make sure it doesn't smash into anything going around turns. It will travel no faster than 5 to 8 miles per hour and only late at night and in the early morning. 340-ton rock begins rolling to LA for art's sake

I went into this in more detail a few years ago in an ATS string about megalith moving experiments. A couple of the biggest megaliths that have ever been moved are Colossi of Memnon which were moved over 400 miles and it is agreed that they couldn’t have moved up the Nile by boat by academics that have studied the technology and the Nile due to the fact that it was upstream, too heavy and the River may have been too shallow; the conclusion is that it had to be moved across land. This is one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in history and most people continue to ignore it; however I suspect that eventually the implication will become more clear and bigger than most people suspect.

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The following are the original replies when this was first posted on Open Salon.

The sheer effort is must take to move this megaliths astounds me. Tres interesting post, Zachery. R.

Erica K February 29, 2012 10:32 AM

This was such an unusual idea for a post and very interesting. How did the ancients ever do it?

Miguela Holt y Roybal February 29, 2012 10:36 AM

Erica, it astounds many of us.

Miguela, this is an unusual idea in this forum; but it is quite common in many others where people pay a lot of attention to this kind of stuff; these often atract a lot of fringe and absurd ideas; however this is a major unsolved mystery which deserves attention and sorting through these ideas is part of the process.

I usually try to stick with things where there are hard facts that can be verified but ignoring unsolved mysteries is hardly scientific as some pseudo-skeptics seem to imply with their actions.

zacherydtaylor February 29, 2012 10:48 AM

I think it must have been done through the lost art of magic. Interesting post.

Sarah Cavanaugh February 29, 2012 12:46 PM

yeah its one of those deep mysteries... so zach what do you suspect?

vzn February 29, 2012 01:21 PM

Sarah, VZN, if it wasn’t done through the lost art of magic, I suspect that it may have been done with more advanced knowledge than the ancient people have been credited with. This would mean that either they were more advanced in some ways than academics suspect or they had some outside influence of some sort. If it was done through the lost art of magic I suspect that may only be unexposed technology surrounded by an enormous amount of hype.

zacherydtaylor March 02, 2012 09:24 AM

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