Unfinished obelisk

Egypt is one of the oldest countries in the world. It has almost 100 years early civilisation which was well established in those times too. This is the reason that this country offers lots of antique pieces to art and other architecture that were in the use of people of that time.

So, one of the heritages and most giant obelisk in Egypt is Unfinished Obelisk. It is situated in Aswan city of Egypt. It was found exactly at the place where it was semi- carved by the bedrocks. It is almost 120 feet tall obelisk which is an incredible architecture in itself.

Brief History of Unfinished Obelisk

The Unfinished Obelisk was ordered in between 1508 to 1458 BC by the Hatshepsut. It was one-third larger than any other obelisk ever erected from the land of Egypt.

The Obelisk was started to carve by the creators directly from the bedrock, but in the middle of carving, there appear cracks in the granite and its carving was abandoned. This is the reason that it is called Unfinished Obelisk.

Some people say that if it became complete, it could be 137 feet tall and it could weigh almost 1090 metric tons which is equal to the weight of 200 African elephants.

Technology Used to Build the Unfinished Obelisk

The Unfinished obelisk offers a lot of information about the procedure of stone carving in old Egyptian civilisation. There are lots of scratches at the surface of the Obelisk and also some lines in Ochre colour which probably be defining the places where the workers were supposed to carve.

According to all this information, we have figured out that they may use some granite-like mineral to cut the rocks. Additionally, they may have created small cavities into the Obelisk and then put their wood chips and filled there some water. In this way, the wood started to expand in the volume, and it had cracked the Obelisk, but unfortunately, it worked for some areas of the obelisk and till there found no way to make this possible.


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