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Lifting Heavy Objects

Over the years I have seen various diagrams illustrating how the ancient Greeks and Romans—not to mention Herod the Great—lifted heavy stones into place as they constructed the walls of temples and erected columns.  But the first time that I heard about a Lewis Bolt was watching a fascinating DVD put out by The Great Courses entitled Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From the Catapult to the Pantheon.

I found that the use of Lewis Bolts was actually very common.  So on a recent trip to Turkey and Greece I began to look more carefully at the carvings into column and architectural pieces that might exhibit where Lewis Bolts may have been used.  See now my blog post on this technique.

 

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Eflatunpinar

Eflatunpinar is located about 50 mi. [80 km.] due west of Konya (classical/biblical Iconium).

At Eflatunpinar (Eflaltun Pinar) there is a spring and a very well–preserved Hittite monument that seems to date to the second half of the thirteenth century B.C.—to the reign of the Hittite king Tudhaliya IV (ca. 1259-1229 B.C.; about the time of the Israelite conquest of Canaan).

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