Tuesday, January 09, 2007

New video This just in from Richard Pettigrew:
Supposedly "primitive" Neolithic farmers in
western Europe moved huge boulders across the landscape to construct
ritual monuments. How this probably was done is the subject of The
Sledge of the Stone Age: Transport of a Megalith, the latest video
feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology
Channel (http://www.archaeologychannel.org).

The huge stones of Neolithic and Bronze Age tombs in Europe often
inspire questions about how people using simple technology could have
transported them from their quarries. Those who ask such questions
tend to underestimate the ingenuity of people living thousands of
years ago. This very short but effective film by Kurt Denzer
confirms that there is no need for giants to move the gigantic rocks
of a megalithic tomb. In a demonstration of experimental
archaeology, a group of young students shows how simple it is to
transport the stones.

Haven't watched it yet. If you do, post comments on it.