“The Unfinished Obelisk” is by far the most massive Egyptian obelisk we’ve ever seen. It was discovered semi-carved into the bedrock at first, and it was on its way to becoming one of the world’s largest man-made undertakings.
What you’re looking at is a 120-foot-tall obelisk with a total weight of nearly 1,000 tons. The reason why the crew who started this project never finished it is that a massive fissure appeared at the bottom of the bedrock, indicating that any more work would be disastrous.
Many people think the obelisk dates from Queen Hatshepsut’s reign in the 18th dynasty, but no one knows how they etched straight into the stone so long ago.
Mark Lehner, an Egyptologist, sought to cut into Diorite, the rock’s substance, to see whether he could accomplish it himself. He had to keep pounding the diorite balls for another 8 months simply to get it out of the bedrock.
According to Christopher Dunn, fully concluding the procedure would take much longer, and with the break at the bottom, they might easily ruin everything before pulling it out of the pit. While Egypt is famed for its numerous obelisks and other similar effigies, no one knows what this obelisk’s function is.
Another point that the experts have pondered is whether the original crew that worked on this project moved on to finish it somewhere or whether they completely abandoned it.
According to Chris Dunn, an expert in the area who produced the book Advanced Technology in Ancient Egypt, the break we’ve discovered isn’t the real reason they abandoned the obelisk in the first place.
Is it possible that the crack occurred considerably later? If that’s the case, why did the team cease working on the obelisk when they were so close to completing it?
Because obelisks were thought to have immense ceremonial power, it’s possible that they mistook the fracture for a message from the gods telling them to cease beating on the rocks. What are your thoughts? Do you believe the crack had anything to do with their ceasing to exist, or do you believe it appeared many years after they had?