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Historical Uses Of Granite

When considering granite as part of your project as a building material, you need to consider the mediums historical use as an attestment to the strength, durability, longevity and suitability factors that this natural rock offers.

Here are two monuments that you may find interesting that were built thousands of years apart but remain true examples of the materials everlasting appeal.

Georgia Guidestones

 

The strangest monument in America looms over a barren knoll in northeastern Georgia. Five massive slabs of polished granite rise out of the earth in a star pattern. The rocks are each 16 feet tall, with four of them weighing more than 20 tons apiece. Together they support a 25,000-pound capstone. Approaching the edifice, it's hard not to think immediately of Stonehenge or possibly the ominous monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Built in 1980, these pale gray rocks are quietly awaiting the end of the world as we know it.

Called the Georgia Guidestones, the monument is a mystery—nobody knows exactly who commissioned it or why. The only clues to its origin are on a nearby plaque on the ground—which gives the dimensions and explains a series of intricate notches and holes that correspond to the movements of the sun and stars—and the "guides" themselves, directives carved into the rocks. These instructions appear in eight languages ranging from English to Swahili and reflect a peculiar New Age ideology.

 

Snofrus Red Pyramid in Dahshu

Local residents refer to the Red Pyramid as el-haram el-watwat, meaning the Bat Pyramid.

The Red Pyramid, also called the North Pyramid, is the largest of the three major pyramids located at the Dahshur necropolis. Named for the rusty reddish hue of its stones, it is also the third largest Egyptian pyramid, after those of Khufu and Khafra at Giza. 

It was the third pyramid built by Old Kingdom Pharaoh Sneferu, and is located approximately one kilometre to the north of the Bent Pyramid. It has a noticeably squat appearance compared to other Egyptian pyramids of comparable scale owing to alterations to construction methods of the time brought upon through greater experience from the previous two pyramid builds of the region.

 

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