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Episode 14: Dolerite Pounders and the Unfinished Obelisk Unquestionable with Calvin Smith

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In the middle of a granite quarry in Aswan, Egypt lies what would have been the largest obelisk in Egypt, had it been finished. Still partially attached to the bedrock, it measures in at 137 feet (42 meters) and estimated to weigh nearly 1,200 tons. How did ancient Egyptians from 3,500 years ago plan to carve, move, and erect it?

For episode 14, I explore the construction of this mysterious unfinished monument, and what the method behind the carving of it could have been according to multiple resources. Unfortunately, it looks like the documentary I mention is no longer available on streaming services, and I don't recall the name of it. Sorry!

Dolerite Pounders: Petrology, Sources and Use by Adel Kelany, James A. Harrell and V. Max Brown

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Brien Foerster unfinished obelisk video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0c3rfv_oYI&t=307s




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In the middle of a granite quarry in Aswan, Egypt lies what would have been the largest obelisk in Egypt, had it been finished. Still partially attached to the bedrock, it measures in at 137 feet (42 meters) and estimated to weigh nearly 1,200 tons. How did ancient Egyptians from 3,500 years ago plan to carve, move, and erect it?

For episode 14, I explore the construction of this mysterious unfinished monument, and what the method behind the carving of it could have been according to multiple resources. Unfortunately, it looks like the documentary I mention is no longer available on streaming services, and I don't recall the name of it. Sorry!

Dolerite Pounders: Petrology, Sources and Use by Adel Kelany, James A. Harrell and V. Max Brown

NEW! Twitter: @uwcspodcast

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/CalvinSmith

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/unquestionablepodcast

Discord: https://discord.gg/AY6VUu4Ycf

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/unquestionablepodcast

Brien Foerster unfinished obelisk video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0c3rfv_oYI&t=307s




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This episode is sponsored by
· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unquestionablewithcalvin/support

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