Is this how Stonehenge was built?

Nothing to do with climate, but I found it fascinating.

This man has figured out how to move 20-ton blocks by hand.

Thanks to Winona Campbell for this video

16 thoughts on “Is this how Stonehenge was built?

  1. Stones under a block works fine on concrete. Bare earth not so much, but larger stones that won’t sink out of sight is still a possibility.

  2. Another interesting way to move StoneHenge Blocks is to “row” them.

    I’ve seen film of a group rowing a block over land. A wood pole is laid on each side as fulcrum. A half dozen poles are stuck under each side of the stone and over the fulcrum poles. A few folks on each such “oar” can then pull down (lifting the stone) and then walk their “oar” toward the rear, moving the stone forward.

    They got to a pretty good speed out of it. Something like 1/2 MPH over land for a large ( but scale ) concrete slab.

    I do suspect that if water and wind were available just sailing stones over is best, but once you are ashore, then what? Seems reasonable to me the guys would be familiar with leverage and rowing…

  3. That guy has been at it for a LONG time. I can’t remember how long it’s been since I saw a video of him doing that.

    Clever fellow. Great work!

  4. Still does not explain how 40 ton slabs of rock were removed and then hauled up to 50km away over mountain and river and then up another hill only to then be lifted up in to place.

    • His “jack” idea explains it – If they lift blocks high enough to tilt them to stand they would able to lift the blocks high enough to slide them onto the columns.

  5. The reason Stonehenge was built was because it was home to a small village. The priests in the village told the people that the earth was warming and sea level was on the rise. In response the people decided to raise the village into the sky and thus spent several years building a massive platform they could live on.
    The warming did not happen and the sea level rise could not be seen by mere mortals. Angry after so much work, the people drove the priests from the village and they wandered the land forlornly seeking a home. After three years these priests settled in East Anglia and founded a place of learning. And so it is to this day that the descendants of those ancient and false prophets of Stonehenge have plied their trade desperately trying to convince the world that the end is nye (sic) and snake oil is tomato juice.

  6. I wonder what the climate was like then?
    Conducive for a good agrarian life?
    Plenty of food? After all you got to keep you strength up if you are lugging great big stones around the country.

  7. Stonehenge is a profound mystery, no doubt. Check out Sacsayhuaman outside Cuzco. It makes Stonehenge look like a beginners project. Supposedly made with bronze tools.

  8. Next step…….Pyramids.

    Just shows to go – don’t need a bunch of university trained engineers with all those flim flam calculations – just a bunch of clever construction types.

    Corollary. Engineering expertise we had just had 100 years ago is lost. e.g. The art of riveting steel ships must rediscovered.
    There are many examples world wide where technology is on display where modern society has no way of replicating.

    I have been to Egypt. I worked there. I have seen ancient construction which the average tourist doesn’t see. I didn’t look at some of these ancient constructions in the way that an Arts scholar university trained archeologist or anthropologist see them. I looked at them from an engineers point of view. There is definitely lost technology on display. e.g saw marks on blocks and precision holes in stone which can’t be replicated today.
    The answer to these riddles is most likely very simple.
    Modern scientific endeavor is trying to over complicate simple lost artisan methods.

    More lost technology examples are present on most continents.

    One thing is common. Most archeological or anthropological consensus is probably bollocks. There’s a lot of political and activist ideas out there.

    Zahi Hawass the famous former director or Egyptian Antiquities is on record as quoting ” Who built the Pyramids – Egyptians built the Pyramids – but what Egyptians and when – no one knows”.

  9. I love seeing these potential early engineering demos. Stone Age man had our brains and there’s no reason why they could not develop and apply these basic solutions. Thanks for posting it, Robert!

  10. Ancient people were not stupid. They did not have diesel engines and hydraulic cranes available, so low tech and SMART was used instead. This video shows that one person could have built Stonehenge, and half a dozen men would have done it easily.

  11. The other BIG fact about Stonehenge is that its obvious purpose was a winter Great hall. Typical people built and lived in large communal shelters during winters rather than cutting firewood for many small buildings with stone axes. Lay some logs across the stones, add some waddle and dab, and you have a large fortified winter home for a whole tribe. Ancient people were not only SMART, they were also PRACTICAL.

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