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As more sites are explored, ancient stone work of massive size is coming to light in far-flung places such as Malta, Baalbek, Machu Pichu and Gobekli Tepe. But all of those sites, together, mass a tiny fraction of what remains to us of Egypt.
Christopher P. Dunn
Chris Dunn is a professional engineer who has carried out numerous precision measurements on Egyptian monuments. He found the ancient stonecutters created surfaces as flat as those surfaced by the best modern machienry and complex machined forms difficult or impossible to duplicate today.
Was the great pyramid at Giza a big power plant? Doubtful. But Dunn has done the work of testing the ancients' abilities scientifically, and found so much to wonder about that he can be excused his speculations. Chris Dunn has found extreme precision was available to the ancient Egyptians, this is now a proven fact, testable with simple tools, that is directly in conflict with conventional understanding. But archaeologists are not trained in stone lathe work.
Book: The Giza Power Plant: Technologies of Ancient Egypt
Web site:
Summary and Critique:
Article: . . . Chris Dunn's work is in the second half of the article
These photos of precision cut stone vases and trays, when you think about them, may be the most amazing of all Ancient Egyptian stone work: (archived)

The great columns of Karnak
An old photo of the huge hall
of columns at Karnak, before restoration.
The scale here is astounding - that is a man down there at the bottom.

Ancient Megalithic stoneworks
The Ancients have left us a large number of puzzling sites using huge stones in their construction. The giant blocks used in building their temples and walls are exponentially more difficult to move and position than would be smaller stone blocks, yet in the most ancient times men moved and erected incredibly massive stones, with no apparent reason for all the effort.
MM2000's Sphinx page - An introduction to Ancient stone monolithic and other mysteries
The pyramids of Egypt
are the largest solid stone works in the world - other pyramids and the Great Wall of China have stone facing over dirt, which is far easier to construct. Most of the blocks used in the Egyptian pyramids' construction weigh about two tons.
A few other sites in Egypt are built of stones in the 60 - 100 ton range. The difference in style of two of these sites: the small temple adjacent to the Sphinx which was built of stones removed when the Sphinx was carved, and the Osirion at Abydos, have caused speculation that these strange sites date from a unknown previous civilization.
Historical Egyptians could carve and transport stones of astounding size.
Egyptian Pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut erected a 400 ton, 90 foot tall obelisk in Karnac (Thebes) around 1500 BC.
Two hundred years later Pharaoh Ramses II built his funeral temple across the Nile, now called the Ramesseum. He had a 1,200 ton statue of himself carved from a single block of Aswan granite quarried 200 miles to the south. For comparison, a loaded semi-truck with trailer weighs up to 60 tons.
The Persians knocked his statue over in 525 BC. The head was "borrowed" with great difficulty soon after the picture below was painted and now is in the British Museum.

The broken statue of Ramses II
Valley Temple of Pharaoh Rameses II on the west bank of the Nile, near Thebes
By David Roberts, 1849.

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