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THE SISYPHUS PROJECT: Moving Big Rocks Up Steep Hills and Into Small Places

An entirely new method suggesting how ancient builders might have manipulated giant megaliths in spaces too restricted for large gangs of workers

 

The Sisyphus Project: Moving Big Rocks Up Steep Hills and Into Small Places

THE SISYPHUS PROJECT:
Moving Big Rocks Up Steep Hills and Into Small Places

We’ve all seen images from antiquity showing huge stones being dragged by massive crews pulling on ropes. But all over the world we find giant blocks in locations with no workspace for all those people. The famous “moai” of Easter Island are a classic example, perched as they are atop high seawalls with their backs to the ocean. How’d they get there?

This paper describes the development and testing on Easter Island and final confirmation in Peru and Colorado of an entirely new method for moving large monoliths without the long gangs of pullers traditionally assumed necessary to the task.

See also “Rapa Nuí Rocks Update,” in the “Rapa Nuí Journal,” Vol. 13, No. 1, March 1999

THE SISYPHUS PROJECT: Moving Big Rocks Up Steep Hills and Into Small Places
$12.00 USD
20 pages · 8 color photos · 10 diagrams · soft cover

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  • Easter Island moai atop coastal seawall

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