Joe Zias (jo@ISRANTIQUE.ORG.IL)
Wed, 1 Nov 1995 08:45:24 +0200
Regarding L. Ordonez's posting that blocks of granite weighing up to 200
tons were found in the enclosure surrounding the Sphinx and that human
society was not capable of such a feat until 1959 AD; there are blocks of
solid limestone in the Western Wall (1st cent BC) surrounding the Temple
Solomon weighing from 400-600 tons, depending on who makes the estimate.
Furthermore, we know how they were transported- by man and animal.
Modern society always underestimates the technological and creative
capabilities of earlier civizizations.
Joe Zias, Curator of Anthropology/Archaeology
Israel Antiquity Authority