Megalithic Saturday 2003

During our Archaeology of World Cultures class in Fall of 2003, we took a Saturday trip to George Stuart's house in Barnardsville, NC. Megalithic construction is quite a mystery to us in our technologically-dependent day and age. Our class wanted to discover how it was that structures such as Stonehenge and the figures on Easter Island were erected without present-day technology to do the labor. During the weeks prior to the trip, our class researched different methods to use to move a 6-7 foot, 400-500 pound rock across George's yard and into a standing position to be the first rock of a megalithic stone circle. We decided to try a log-rolling method. We would attach a rope to the rock and pull it along the top of logs which we would systematically and continually take from the back of the row to the front as the rock moved along. The method was one that worked, but not without much experimentation and many challenges. Luckily we had a beautiful Fall day and wonderful hosts to make the day full of enjoyment.
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Moving logs from the back to the front

Moving more logs

We experimented with the spacing of the logs

We discovered that what we thought was a good-sized crew could have easily used more people!

As the rock moved along the logs, the logs bunched together

The log-rolling method seems to be working

After a while, dragging the logs is hard not to do!

Pulling, prying, and moving all at the same time

As the rock sometimes slipped off track, we used boards to pry it back on to the logs

As we went downhill, we had to hold the rock back instead of pulling it down

Lunch Break!

Practicing digging methods

Michael and Seth take advice from Dave

Etching our initials

The last steps

Everyone gets ready

Lifting the rock

Dave shows off his megalith shirt, appropriate for the day's events

And up it goes!

How's it look, George?