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Rethinking Ancient Egyptian Stone-Working Technology

The amazing stone-working skills of the ancient Egyptians have fascinated historians for millennia, and sparked no shortage of theories about how they accomplished such amazing feats of architecture and sculpture (ancient aliens, anyone?). But it seems there’s still plenty of misunderstanding about how they did it, from fringe theorists right through to orthodox Egyptologists.

Film-maker Alex Mott has traveled the world taking a closer look at ancient mysteries (see his YouTube films on Peru, India, and the alleged Bosnian Pyramid), and in a recent film he returned to some of the enigmas of ancient Egyptian stone-working:

Alex Mott revisits Egypt, continuing to research the stone working techniques of ancient civilizations and other mysteries. A theory regarding the function of the huge stone boxes at the Serapeum is explored, but the claims of space age precision turn out to be rumours and exaggerations only. A closer look at the Pyramid of Menkaure produces yet more questions than answers, further doubts are raised about the use of pounding balls at the Aswan Quarry and something is found on the ceiling of the Temple of Hathor that could change everything we think we know about the past.

It’s likely you’ll disagree with at least some of what Mott is saying – but regardless, the questions posed and the mysteries explored are certainly fascinating.

Note too, for Sphinx enthusiasts: Mott has posted a short ‘Extras’ video from his Egypt travels, in which he walks around the Great Sphinx, drawing attention to the other structures found there, the repairs made over the years and water damage on the Sphinx enclosure itself.