Re: Pyramidiocy (was Re: Strange Maths)

Whittet (
25 Jul 1995 19:40:40 GMT

In article <3uk28e$>, says...
>In article <3uh0r5$>
> (HarryR6047) writes:
>>But someone builds this monument in the middle of the desert.
>They built it in the middle of a graveyard. That might be a clue.
>> And we
>>really can't figure out how they did it. (Remember a group of Japanese
>>engineers tried to duplicate the feat in scale a number of years back and
>Speak for yourself. It is possible they were better at using the tools
>they had at hand than we are at reinventing those tools. What I recall
>is that some people have been able to duplicate the construction methods
>by paying attention to the information left by the ancient egyptians.
>They even went so far as to document it on "This Old Pyramid" for Nova.

An archaeologist who had a theory about how blocks might have been hauled up
ramps hired a mason from Massachusetts to go to Egypt and build a small
pyramid the size of the blocks missing from the top of the Great Pyramid.

The mason tried it the way the archaeologist wanted for a month, and managed
to raise the pyramid a couple of courses. To finish the pyramid for the program
the mason resorted to using a backhoe and sling. So much for draging the
]blocks up a ramp.
>>And Stonehenge, the Pyramid, Sphinx, Calendar Stone, all of these things
>>were left to communicate certain knowledge.
>They were built for particular purposes, some of which are easy to guess.
>They are still here because they were durable enough to survive when the
>civilization collapsed.
>If you want to have some fun, apply the same reasoning to the size and
>orientation of city blocks in Manhattan. Or why that Calder statue is
>in front of Chicago's city hall. Or the angles used for the Vietnam
>Vets monument.

Actually, since classical antiquity, at least as far back as Vitruvius
and his "Ten Books on Architecture",urban planners have resorted to
obelisks, squares, agoras, districts, avenues, boulevards, parks and
other tools to organise cities like Washington, DC, Paris, Rome, New York,
even London
> James A. Carr