Imagine our world long ago, when the Great Pyramid at Giza and Stonehenge were young. The freshly cut stones are smooth to the touch without the erosion and decay that will eventually besiege them. Their towering architecture rises into the sky as a beacon of human ingenuity and accomplishment.
Megalithic structures are found all over the world, from South America (Puma Punku) heading east to Japan (Ishibutai Tomb), and just about everywhere in between.
Is it possible that ancient giants built some of these towering structures?
Construction of the Great Pyramid and the megalithic foundation at Baalbek temple complex in Lebanon still stump scientists. If giants existed, they would naturally have an advantage over a typical man in constructing large, megalithic structures.
In 1901, in “The World’s History: A Survey of Man’s Record,” Han Ferdinand Helmolt and James Bryce Bryce wrote: “For the erection of these in their present position without the technical resources at the disposal of modern builders, human strength appears inadequate, in popular opinion, only giants could have made such structures.”
Giants are not, however, the only possible explanation for the construction of ancient megastructures.
We know that giants did not construct the modern Coral Castle near Miami, Fla. That was done by a solitary man named Ed Leedskalnin who weighed just about 100 pounds and stood little more than 5-feet tall. Leedskalnin single-handedly cut and moved stone blocks, some weighing 9 tons, into place with near perfect precision. Unfortunately, when he died in 1953, he took his construction secrets to the grave with him.
However, some of the ancient megalithic structures are far heavier and larger than Coral Castle. Ollantaytambo in Peru was an Incan military stronghold and outpost against the invading Spanish 500 years ago. Today, it is one of the last surviving towns that retain the original Incan walls and street grid. It is the site of six towering megalithic pink granite slabs that stand about 13 feet tall and each weigh some 50 tons or more.
Stonehenge’s blocks tower up to 24 feet and weighing more than 45 tons each. But Stonehenge isn’t the only megalithic formation in England, it’s just the most famous. The Cove at Avebury in England consists of two gigantic cove stones, which stand as some of the last remnants of the northern inner circle of the Avebury Henge. There were originally 98 standing stones in its outer circle, estimated to stand about 13 feet tall and weigh more than 40 tons each. They date to about 3000 B.C.
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