Ancient Heavy Transport, Methods and Achievements

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Science  19 Aug 1966:
Vol. 153, Issue 3738, pp. 821-830
DOI: 10.1126/science.153.3738.821


That more and larger stones were transported over a much longer time span in the Old than in the New World is obvious. The earlier arrival of the peoples of the Old World at the level of cultural development generally termed "civilization," accompanied as it was by a superior technology (95), goes far to account for this fact. Similarities, even identities, in techniques employed in transporting heavy stones (for example, sledge, ramps) or beliefs about stones (for example, that stones can will themelves to move or remain fixed) are taken to be fortuitous and independent convergences of the same genre as those cultural parallels recently pointed out by Caso (96) and Rowe (97).