Much has been made of the ancients’ technological prowess in moving mammoth stones and in building structures that are precisely aligned with solar and lunar phenomena. The European-centric view that they could not have done this alone without alien intervention or some such is put to the test by this Michigan man, who has devised a way to erect 21,000-pound monoliths without fancy tools.
W.T. Wallington is a retired carpenter with 35 years of construction experience, he says on his website, The Forgotten Technology, which showcases his use of commonsense items at hand, plus gravity, to move multi-ton stones.
“Over the years, many times I had to improvise on tools that were not at hand in order to get the job done,” he writes. “At one of these times, about 20 years ago, I had to remove some 1,200-pound, saw-cut concrete blocks from an existing floor. The problem was that we did not have a machine that could reach some of the blocks. The only obvious answer was to break the blocks into smaller pieces with a sledgehammer and load them into a wheelbarrow. To me, this seemed to be too much labor at the time, so I improvised.”
Using his “favorite tool,” gravity (as he puts it in the below video), Wallington used “a few rocks and leverage” to devise a way to get the blocks out from under the floor to a place that was accessible by the machine that needed to move them. Once he got used to doing it that way, it was easy.
“This experience had me consider the possibility that people may have used this technique before modern day equipment was available,” he writes.
The result is his new pet project, which is to erect his very own Stonehenge in his backyard.
Here, Wallington raises a monolith that weighs more than 21,000 pounds.