One of the most prominent stones left behind is the Unfinished Obelisk, taller than any known obelisk ever raised. The unfinished obelisk is located in the northern region of Aswan Egypt (500 miles south of Cairo). It is roughly one-third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected.
If this obelisk finished, then it’d have been measured at 137 feet and weighed 1,200 tons. The creator of Obelisk started to carve it directly from bedrock, but cracks appeared in the granite and the project was abandoned. However, the bottom side is still attached to the bedrock gives important clues to how the ancients quarried granite.
The unfinished stone is basically Greek architecture, defined as a tall and slender monument with 4 sides converging to a mini pyramidal shape at the topmost point. The Unfinished obelisk was constructed by Hatshepsut, the queen of Thutmose II, who ruled Egypt as a Pharaoh from 1478 to 1458 B.C., jointly with Thutmose III, who was then only a child.
The abandoned project provides strange insight into ancient Egyptian stone working methods, notions the idea of tools they had used visible as ocher-colored lines marking where they were working. The Aswan area is the main region providing red granite used for ancient temples and colossi came from quarries. The unfinished obelisk base was discovered in 2005 and still lies being hewn from the rock.
Moreover, some rock carvings and leftovers may correspond to the area where most of the famous obelisks were worked. Initially, it was believed that the stone had an undetected flaw; however, the quarrying process let the cracking develop by releasing the stress. The unfinished objects are in an open-air museum and are officially protected by the Egyptian government as an archeological site
The purpose behind to done obelisk is not known, because the main tool employed for carving the granite was small balls of Dolerite. The unearthing of obelisks allows observing how they were made. Therefore, the means of separating the stone from the bedrock was a simple method used around the ancient world. Also, small cavities were made in the stone, which was then filled with wood and soaked in water causing it to expand.
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one of the most prominence stones left behind is the “Unfinished’ Obelisk,” taller than any known obelisk ever raised.