Your world is filled with structures that have stood the test of time. That give character to the cities and landscapes in which they’re located. That are visited by millions of people each year. And that capture our wonder for the marvels of engineering innovation and progress.
But while structures such as the Giza pyramids, Brunelleschi’s dome, and the Brooklyn Bridge are visual spectacles in and of themselves, they are just as important for the way they were designed as for the way they look. These and other structural masterpieces were, first and foremost, novel creations born from the most progressive engineering concepts and tools of their day. They represent uniquely effective solutions to perplexing structural concerns. And they serve as landmark moments in the millennia-long history
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Under barrow (underground) dolmen in Tolosa (lined with special masonry stones) with a dromos (an underground passage gallery). The unique megalithic complex. Possible ancient solar Observatory. And – complete collapse. Almost nothing has been preserved. At first the robbers is a long time. In our time the place of the mound needed for farming activities. The mound began to pull apart by bulldozers, to shred the roads. And then began the excavation. The sorry state of one of the most interesting megalithic structures of Russia made an attempt of computer 3D reconstruction of the megalith. Read more about the renovation, read the end of the article.
Location. Tuapse district, river valley Pshenaho.About a kilometer up the valley Pshenaho from the village of Anastasievka on the right orographic Bank is one of the most unique megalithic structures in the Caucasus. After some time, passing on a dirt road up the valley will see a fork. The road to the left leads through a Ford to the edge of the Apple orchard. Here is a small hill with several large oak trees, overgrown with grass and bushes (more than 150m). Continue reading
Robert Mason of the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada) discovered in Syria, a mysterious stone circles and other features of the landscape that look as if they created people.
“They don’t have impressive size, as some of the megaliths, but they are clearly deliberately aligned, and therefore very interesting,” — said the archaeologist who first stumbled on them in 2009 near the monastery of Deir Mar Musa (Saint. Moses the Abyssinian), which is approximately 80 km North of Damascus.
A pile of stones (stage construction) and stone circle (here and below the photo of Robert Mason).
Alas, the tense situation in Syria have hindered excavation. A preliminary analysis of fragments of stone tools, are scattered in this area, put this date in their Neolithic and early bronze age of 6-10 thousand years ago.
According to Mr. Mason, the stones are positioned to stand out amid the empty landscape. Nearby there is nothing that would indicate a settlement. This is unusual, because the Neolithic people, as a rule, buried the dead and Continue reading