Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs
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Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs

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A unique study of the engineering and tools used to create Egyptian monuments

• Presents a stone-by-stone analysis of key Egyptian monuments, including the statues of Ramses II and the tunnels of the Serapeum

• Reveals that highly refined tools and mega-machines were used in ancient Egypt

From the pyramids in the north to the temples in the south, ancient artisans left the...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 24th 2010 by Bear & Company
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Andrew
I came across "Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt" in a review of a history on Egypt I had recently read. I most probably would not have given the book a second look but for the excellent reviews it received.

With a 21st Century Engineers eye for detail and through careful analysis of a number of Ancient Egyptian monuments (pyramids, temples, obelisks and statutes), Christopher Dunn asserts that sophisticated tools were used in their construction. Not the simple wood, stone and copper tools norma...more
Chris Scott
Fantastic informative!
If like me you find ancient technology, history and theory's of unknown technology fascinating, then this is such an eye opener.... Is raises many questions that established Egyptian teachings just cannot be correct.
I for one am convinced by mr Dunn's overwhelming observations and measurements that there is undoubted ancient machinery waiting to be discovered!

Linda Munro
I picked up this book to see what it had to say about technologies in ancient Egypt, this is another subject covered by the Ancient Alien show. (See my review on Bhagavad Gita.) I thought it would be a book that I could speed read and I would complete it in a couple of days, but that was not the case. This book is written by an engineer who was trying to prove that just because the archeological record has yet to discover the technology that helped to build the pyramids, and carve the three dime...more
Jeanne Dunn
Anyone who can appreciate the level of difficulty involved in achieving three-dimensional geometrical perfection in a sculpture will be blown away by Christopher Dunn's research and revelations. From engineers to artists, you will learn that the technologies of our ancient cultures extended beyond our wildest dreams!
Chris Marchan
Wow !!! What a great read. Christopher Dunn makes a great case for the extremely advanced methods of the ancient Egyptians in rendering their plethora of monuments in some of the hardest rock known to man. Traditional archeologists hold fast to the untenable position that these sculptures and other works were honed to amazing perfection with the crudest of tools. The author makes a very good case that this is nearly impossible. He posits that the ancient Egyptians possessed supstoneerior knowled...more
Ramona
Very interesting look at the precision in execution of the monolithic stone statues of Egypt's past. A bit heavy on the mathmatic terms but this is strickly from the view point of an engineer with a background in manufacturing/fabrication. This is not wishy washy semi-science, he approaches it with hard engineering terms. Which only emphasies the brilliance that is sometimes masked by the clean lined beauty and simplicity of Egypt's greatest ancient works.
Julie
Christopher Dunn shares some amazing insight into the 'hows' of some of the most famous architecture of ancient Egypt came to be constructed. I appreciate how detailed he is in describing the precise geometry, and his hypothesis about the types of machining that would be needed to create such magnificent buildings and sculpture.

This book takes a while to read - especially if you are engineered-challenged like I am, but it is well worth the time.
Mie and Gareth
Some excellent research and precise analysis is somewhat spoiled by a stilted writing style and repetition. It's only in the last few chapters that the book really gets going. Up to that point, the other comes across as a bit of a hobby amateur. With a decent co-writer, this book could have been a winner.
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