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The Unfinished Obelisk

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Aswan, Egypt.

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This would have been the world’s largest obelisk, a third larger than any that have been successfully carved, erected and has survived. A fascinating thing for the lessons learned from it, most importantly that the ancient Egyptians carved their obelisks directly from the bedrock rather than shoring off a piece of granite and refining it. As it was being carved out cracks developed in its surface and it was abandoned, but you can still see the tool marks and the lines in ochre where the craftsmen were planning to work next. The Unfinished Obelisk is part of an open air archaeological museum. You can walk up to it and inspect it more closely that ‘finished’ or ruined works. Completed it would have stood 42 meters high and weighed thousands of tones.

Written by  James Caydey.

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