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cushioncrawler
12-12-2006, 08:56 PM
Circa 1858 -- Thomas Witlam Atkinson.

".... Having travelled onward several miles, I arrived at a part of the valley where the Kora makes a bend toward the cliffs on the north, leaving, a space of about 200 yards in width, between the base of the rocks and the river. As I approached this spot, I was almost induced to believe that the works of the Giants were before me, for five enormous stones. were standing isolated and on end, the first sight of which gave me the idea that their disposition was not accidental, and that a master mind had superintended the erection,--the group being in perfect keeping with the scene around. One of these blocks would have made a tower large enough for a church, its height being 76 feet above the ground, and it measured 24 feet on one side and 19 feet on the other. It stood 73 paces from the base of the cliffs, and was about 8 feet out of the perpendicular, inclining towards the river. The remaining four blocks varied from 45 to 50 feet in height, one being 15 feet square and the rest somewhat less. Two of these stood upright, the others were leaning in different directions, one of them so far that it had nearly lost its equilibrium.

A sixth mass of still larger dimensions was lying half buried in the ground; on this, some young pieta trees had taken root and were growing luxuriantly. About two hundred yards to the eastward, three other blocks were lying, and beneath one was a cavity many a family in Kopal would have considered a splendid dwelling......"

madMac's comments --- The biggest standing stone (aforementioned) has been estimated to weigh 3,800 tons. The (6th) stone, laying down, is even bigger (if madMac's reading is correct).

Prior to this, the biggest laid or standing stones were said to be the 3 at Baalbek, Lebanon, being 800 tons each. Nearby, unfinished at the quarry, is one of about 1200tons -- this was said to be the largest quarried stone in the world -- but not so, according to the aforementioned snippet from one of Atkinson's books.

The cracked and unfinished stone obelisk at the quarry at Aswan weighs up to about 1,185tons -- this is 41.75m long (137'). The Lateran obelisk standing in Rome is only 105' and 455 tons. madmac.

cushioncrawler
12-13-2006, 01:18 AM
If u wanna see a sketch of the obelisks, google "a mega megalith".

If u wanna see'em in real life -- try google-earth -- go to 46dg39'26.53"N and 81dg59'25.57"E.

U karnt see much, but even from 20,000' they look huge. There are supposed to be 5 standing (including one big one) and 1 really big one laying down (but half buried), and 3 (small ones) farther away laying down.

I think that it is the 3 small ones that u can see. I carnt make out any of the others. I thort that perhaps i shood be able to see the shadows of the 5 standing, but no luck.

It was a big job to find them -- i started off looking near Lake Baikal, about 1000 miles away -- but one little bit of luck and i haddem. madMac.

hondo
12-13-2006, 08:22 AM
My erections may not be the largest but they're guaranteed.


<blockquote><font class="small">Quote cushioncrawler:</font><hr> Circa 1858 -- Thomas Witlam Atkinson.

".... Having travelled onward several miles, I arrived at a part of the valley where the Kora makes a bend toward the cliffs on the north, leaving, a space of about 200 yards in width, between the base of the rocks and the river. As I approached this spot, I was almost induced to believe that the works of the Giants were before me, for five enormous stones. were standing isolated and on end, the first sight of which gave me the idea that their disposition was not accidental, and that a master mind had superintended the erection,--the group being in perfect keeping with the scene around. One of these blocks would have made a tower large enough for a church, its height being 76 feet above the ground, and it measured 24 feet on one side and 19 feet on the other. It stood 73 paces from the base of the cliffs, and was about 8 feet out of the perpendicular, inclining towards the river. The remaining four blocks varied from 45 to 50 feet in height, one being 15 feet square and the rest somewhat less. Two of these stood upright, the others were leaning in different directions, one of them so far that it had nearly lost its equilibrium.

A sixth mass of still larger dimensions was lying half buried in the ground; on this, some young pieta trees had taken root and were growing luxuriantly. About two hundred yards to the eastward, three other blocks were lying, and beneath one was a cavity many a family in Kopal would have considered a splendid dwelling......"

madMac's comments --- The biggest standing stone (aforementioned) has been estimated to weigh 3,800 tons. The (6th) stone, laying down, is even bigger (if madMac's reading is correct).

Prior to this, the biggest laid or standing stones were said to be the 3 at Baalbek, Lebanon, being 800 tons each. Nearby, unfinished at the quarry, is one of about 1200tons -- this was said to be the largest quarried stone in the world -- but not so, according to the aforementioned snippet from one of Atkinson's books.

The cracked and unfinished stone obelisk at the quarry at Aswan weighs up to about 1,185tons -- this is 41.75m long (137'). The Lateran obelisk standing in Rome is only 105' and 455 tons. madmac. <hr /></blockquote>