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Aswan - Unfinished Obelisk





As seen at the temple at Karnak, obelisks were sometimes put in front of or into temples, where they acted as "antennas", drawing cosmic energy down to Earth. As religion had an overwhelming power in the lives of the Egyptians, religious artifacts, like the obelisks, were produced, transported and erected regardless of their great cost and labor. The unfinished obelisk at Aswan One of the really ambitious ones, which was however never finished because of a fatal crack, is the unfinished obelisk at the ancient granite quarry at Aswan. If finished, it would have been a mind-boggling 41.75 meters (app. 137 feet) high - higher than any Egyptian obelisk that were ever actually erected. The unfinished obelisk seen from its top Had it been finished, it is estimated that it would have weighed a gigantic 1,168 tons! Consider the level of technology available, and the fact that the main mode of transportation was by boat on the Nile. Also consider that the obelisks, erected at the Karnak temple by Queen Hatshepsut, were sailed by boat there from Aswan. That's 177 kilometers (110 miles) away in a direct line. Production, transport and erection reportedly only took months. Granted, they were a bit smaller than the unfinished obelisk, but still more than 30 meters high. The unfinished obelisk seen from its bottom Being at the quarry, just how did they get create these giant single pieces of rock out of the mountainside? They made a row of holes app. 10 centimeters (4 inches) wide, and inserted wood in the holes. Then they poured water on the wood. The wood then expands by such force because of the water that the rock splits. An example at the quarry of such holes in the rock The basic shape of the obelisk is created by rows of workers pounding the shape on the rock with dolomite rocks, or dolostone, and creating the app. 1 meter (3 feet) wide shafts at each side of the obelisk-to-be. This is possible because the dolomite is even harder than granite. To smoothen the sides, bricks are heated and put on the places that are to be treated. When the rock is sufficiently hot, cold water is poured on, and the uneven parts come off in flakes, thanks to the crystalline structure of the granite. The marks of such holes, after their use Why was this obelisk unfinished? Because a fatal crack was discovered - one too deep to be dealt with. Because of it, the obelisk could not be the one-piece job that was required, if the cosmic energy was to be able to travel down through it. And who wants a defect antenna? [This is the fatal crack in the obelisk that made it useless to the Egyptians] So it was abandoned. Today we are grateful that the crack appeared, because the unfinished obelisk gives us an insight into how these magnificent structures were created we would otherwize simply not have.




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