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Lifting Machine May Have Moved Huge Objects at Stonehenge and Egypt!

Lifting Machine May Have Moved Huge Objects at Stonehenge and Egypt!

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A man in the UK claims to have solved the mystery of how large objects such as the standing stones at Stonehenge and Egyptian statues and mega-stones were moved in the past. Steven Tasker has created a lifting machine that he believes could have been used long ago to move huge objects and he has tested it. The results and the chatter from other people interested in this long-standing mystery seem to suggest he might be on to something! 

Stonehenge has been associated with all kinds of mysteries since it was founded. With questions like how it was built, for what purpose, and what was the actual size of the complex. Stonehenge’s outer ring of vertical sarsen standing stones, 13 x 7 feet (4 x 2.1 meters) in height and width, respectively, weighed about 25 tons (55,000 pounds). This circular stone arrangement is oriented towards the sunrise at summer solstice.

The stones were obtained from Preseli Hills, Wales, some 290 kilometers (180 miles) away. How they were transported to the Salisbury Plain is one of the most enduring Stonehenge mysteries. It’s also a problem that Egyptologists have been trying to figure out for a long time.

The answer to these mysteries might be “a long-forgotten machine,” according to carpet fitter Steven Tasker, a 66-year-old from Llanrhaeadr, Wales, who believes this lifting and shifting machine had the power to defy gravity and was also potentially referenced in the Bible, as per this recent BBC article.

"It may look like something out of ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ [a UK sitcom] but we've lifted a third of a tonne [735 pounds] with it and theoretically it could move any weight," he was quoted as saying. A leading expert has backed his claim, saying that it was as good as any lifting or transport theory that has been suggested regarding the Stonehenge mystery of how these huge blocks of stone were moved such great distances.

This is what Steven Tasker’s lifting machine looks like. (Steven Tasker)

Steven Tasker’s Ancient Lifting Machine and Egypt

The birth of Mr Tasker’s theory of how the gargantuan pyramids and statues were constructed began with a trip to Cairo, Egypt in 2004. "I tied rockers below a plank of wood to try and work out how they could have been used," he said.

“By using pivot points, I could counterbalance a 60-kg [132 pounds] roll of carpet on top and by using the rockers, walk it across the road. Pictures of statues are of them being dragged on sleds. But all statues have flat backs, so this machine would be an easy way to transport them, whatever the weight. A small team of men could do it."

The “rockers” he was referring to were ancient Egyptian makeup jars that he has viewed as actually being stone rollers that aided in the transport of huge objects in Egypt when the pyramids were built. Tasker’s lifting device has both rockers and rollers. And he thinks the Egyptians used animal fat to lubricate and reduce friction on the stone rollers.

Steven believes this technology could have been used to move large stones across the ancient British countryside to construct astronomical clocks, calendars and temples. The machine could move about 1.5 miles (or 2.4 kms) a day, suggesting that stones could be moved from the Preseli Hills to the Stonehenge site in a period of months.

Based on his theories, he thinks the Aubrey Holes, the 56 chalk pits around the Stonehenge, are “a giant diagram of the board in the middle of the machine,” with the holes serving as ball bearings to hold the huge stones in place.

The Stenness Standing Stones of Orkney, Scotland predate the Egyptian pyramids by about 400 years. And this suggests that Egyptian priests may have learned about moving giant stones from the people of Orkney. (Heartland Arts / Adobe Stock)

Tasker Says Egyptians Visited Orkney To Learn About Machine

In ancient Egypt, statues weighing a whopping 1,200 tons (2.6 million pounds) were transported across considerable distances. This suggests that Tasker’s lifting machine may have been used in Egypt after it was invented in Britain.

The Standing Stones of Stenness, Orkney are 19 feet (6 meters) tall and date to 3,200 BC, 400 years before the pyramids were built.

The theory is also backed by Laird Scranton, an Egyptologist who found DNA of animal and plant species on Orkney. Scranton suggests that a group of Egyptian priests travelled to places around the world as far away as Scotland and attempted to establish centers of learning, teaching agriculture, farming and astronomical knowledge.

Megalithic stone circles, like those at Stonehenge, have been proven to be intimately connected with the movements of the heavens. "In essence Stonehenge and stone circles are cosmological timepieces. They were used to take man from a society based on hunter gatherers, to a kingship society based on farming and animal husbandry,” said Tasker.

Steven Tasker on a day trip to Stonehenge, when he was likely thinking about his lifting machine and how it was used first in the UK and how it was likely the Egyptians visited Britain in search of scientific solutions for moving huge statues and building the pyramids. (Steven Tasker)

A Theory of Biblical Proportions and the Science Behind it All

Steven’s remarkable theory, which has an engineer’s mind written all over it, lay dormant for 14 years before a visit to Dr. Campbell Price, a curator at the Egyptology Museum in Manchester, who encouraged Steven to continue researching.

It was after this conversation that Steven found the missing ancient link: – a page from the Old Testament wherein the prophet, Ezekiel says, “vision of God being transported on cherubim and four wings, with feet shaped like the sole of a calf's foot".

Other scientists, researchers and archaeologists in Britain have welcomed Steven’s theory, though have simultaneously urged caution. The ancient symbols, like the Djed pillar symbol for example, may not be spiritual representations but engineering devices that were capable of fantastical qualities.

Indeed, man’s obsession with manipulating nature and natural forces is an ancient one, and it seems obvious that mega constructions like those at Stonehenge or Giza are not the work of magic but the brilliance of clever engineering and basic science.

Top image: How Steven Tasker believes his lifting machine would have looked when moving a huge stone across the ancient British landscape to its final destination. The wooden planks were pulled sideways to propel the “feet” forward.        Source: Steven Tasker / BBC

By Rudra Bhushan


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It is an interesting an elaborate theory that the stones at Stonehenge and elswhere may have been moved with a device similar to Tasker’s lifting machine. There are far easier, simplier and more effective ways to move gigantic stones than using lifting machines. And how would one do that? By using acoustic levitation tehcniques. These techniques and methods have been used for millennia by a number of cultures around the world.

Modern replication of acoustic levitation has been performed successfully at NASA labratories where multi-ton platforms were made to hover. It’s truly unfortunate that the true nature of stones is so poorly understood by the majority of people, including mineralogists and geologists who study them frequently. Just like all matter, stones have the potential within their structure to be manipulated as easily as a liquid if certain methods and techniques are applied. But that’s another point of focus altogether that could be discussed in greater another time.

I wanted to focus on another aspect of this article and that is about the so-called mystery surrounding the building of Stonehenge…..Yet what is more mysterious, is why we’ve all been constantly deceived and misled about Stonehenge. 

You see, the Stonehenge you see today is not what it looked like even 200 years ago. Think about that for a moment. So if it doesn’t look now the way it looked 200 years ago, how did it get altered or changed to look the way it is now? Good question. The answer is….It was decided that to help increase the tourist interest and flow of people to see Stonehenge...That they would kinda of fix it up a look the way it should look...according to them.

Well, that turned into moving every single stone at the Stonehenge site...putting them into concrete foundations with rebar for stabilizing. What? I’m not kidding...EVERY SINGLE STONE STANDING AT THE STONEHENGE SITE...HAS BEEN MOVED… REWORKED ...AND REPLACED.  And you can bet that very few to none of the tourist guides will bring this up….that what the tourist are seeing nowis how it never looked before.

Is there any proof of this? Oh yeah...You see the whole town was in on it….knowing full well that they would be purposely deceiving  future generations into believing all this work was amazingly done in ancient times.Well it wasn’t. Back in 1865 the Stonehenge you would have seen then and what you see today is a bare resemblance. 

And just one hundred years ago, in 1921 the 3rd adjusting and/or rebuilding event took place at Stonehenge. Huge cranes were used to move every single stone before repositioning in its new concrete base. They also used enormous flatbed trucks and giant cranes to lift and haul stones from a quarry a couple hundred miles away and brought them to the site where they were put into if the ancients had done this somehow. But in thi case they didn’t. All of this was swept under the rug, conveniently not ever mentioned by tourist guides or any of the locals. And surprisingly, Ancient Origins (has not to my knowledge), ever made a detailed acticle about this mordern if it doesn’t exist.

There are lots of photos and written evidence to prove this rebuilding event happened in the 1920’s….It doesn’t take much to find this out yourself with a little digging….Yet this is never mentioned….What we do hear is the continuing mystery of how Stonehenge was built so precisely in ancient times...Well, it wasn’t. What we have now is a modern forgery of what a group of people thought it should look they had it rebuilt….But don’t tell anyone, it might diminish the tourist trade ya know?

Very clever, but you could just do it the old-fashioned way, as depicted in the Tomb of Djehutihotep, using water to solidify the sand and lots of labour. People in the old days used to be somewhat more direct. And contrary to the linked article, it’s not a mystery.



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