I visited with my wife Egypt Luxor and Aswan a couple of weeks ago. At Aswan we vent to old granite quarry. This is the place where Egyptologists says that the read gratin that pharaohs used comes from. Currently there is a museum and there is something that they call “unfinished obelisk”. It is a huge granite block (42 m * 4m * 4m and weights 1200 tons), that has been quarried from its sides but is still part of the bedrock from its bottom. Here is a picture:
As I have read the Christopher Dunn’s book: “The Giza Power Plant”, I started to study the track that the done work had left.
I was actually astonished that (at least to my knowledge) no-one had pointed out the interesting things that were there.
1. Milling cutter?
The whole place is filled with the following imprint of 4 same size squares forming a bigger square
The surface in the imprint is very sooth. When we look at the obelisk this pattern is found at the bottom of the quarried canyon around the block:
When we turn to look at the block upright edge we can notice a wave formation:
is: These shapes have been formed by some kind on machine powered milling cutter
, which have been manually operated. In the middle of this picture there is also a deeper cut, which is a slight error or disturbance and the cutting line has also slipped to the right. To me this indicates that the machine has been very efficient in cutting the granite and the machine has been manually operated. That explains the slip in the cuttings.
There is also long line of drill holes in the stone. If it is true that Egyptians did not have iron and the used some sort of very primitive stone pickaxe then everything that I saw there was not done by those people.
Look also the next picture:
This is like a knife tracks in butter!
This is my first report of this. I am living in country (Finland) where portion of the granite and diorite in the bedrock is 52,5 %. So we have many fine granite working quarries here. I will try to get educated guesses of the origin of these marks from processional that has been working daily with granite for decades.
Here is a link to all the picture that I took there in there original size:
http://picasaweb.google.com/tamminen/As ... ticQuarry#
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