Many ancient structures around the world are built with enormous stones and offer no clue as to how they were built. The Pyramids, the Baalbek Terrace and other megalithic structures are composed of some of the heaviest stone slabs ever used in construction.
On the shores of lake Titicaca lies the ancient city of Tiahuanaco. It includes structures such as the 55 feet (16.5 meters) tall Akapana pyramid. The heaviest stone within the Akapana is a 65 ton andesite block. The Pumapunku terrace includes a platform that houses a 131 ton block and the second next weighs 85 tons. One might wonder just how these blocks were transported to an altitude of over 12,630 feet (3,850 meters).
Near the island of Pohnpei in the Pacific Ocean lies the ruined ancient city of Nan Madol, the only city ever built upon a coral reef. It has a surface of about 185 acres ( 75 hectares) enclosed by stone walls and resting upon foundations made of huge basalt boulders. The average weight of these boulders is 5 tons but some weigh as much as 50 tons.
The Baalbek Terrace in Lebanon is home to the Stone of the Pregnant Woman, a megalith measuring roughly 4 x 4 x 20 meters ( 13 x 13 x 65 feet) and weighing at around 1000 tons. However, it is eclipsed by a second stone nearby and this one weighs an estimated 1242 tons.
Many agree that even using modern day lifting equipment, these stones would not budge at all. This raises a legitimate question: “Did the ancients know something we don’t? ”
Some believe the answer is levitation. This idea seems childish to most but the open-minded embrace the idea that our ancestors were much more advanced than orthodox history admits.
A 10th century Arab historian might offer a clue. Abul Hasan Ali Al-Masudi, sometimes known as Herodotus of the Arabs was also impressed with the magnificence of the Egyptian pyramids. In one of his texts, he wrote about how the stone blocks were transported. According to the text, a magic papyrus was placed under the stone block and it was struck with a metal rod. The block would then levitate along a stone pathway fenced by metal poles. The credibility of this thousand year-old text is subject to question but it isn’t the only one.
In more recent years, we have the story of Dr. Jarl and his description of Tibetan levitation, included in Bruce Cathie’s book, The Bridge to Infinity. According to the book, a Swedish doctor known as Dr. Jarl was treating a high Lama in Tibet in 1939. Befriending them and gaining their trust, he was one day shown one of their secrets. He was taken to a meadow surrounded by high cliffs on two sides. In the middle of said meadow was a polished stone platform with a cavity in its center. With the help of yaks, a large boulder was placed in this cavity. At a distance of 63 meters ( 207 feet) an array of 19 musical instruments, 13 drums and six trumpets were set in a 90 degree arc. At a given signal, 19 monks started to play the instruments and as the tempo increased, the boulder lifted up, increased its speed and landed on a platform 250 meters ( 820 feet) above. Using this technique, the monks would transport 5 to 6 boulders per hour and some of them would split during their concert. Dr. Jarl’s recount is not an isolated one and tales of sonic levitation have circulated in Tibet since before anyone can remember.
And then we have the mystery of Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida. It was built over a period of 28 years by Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin, a 5-ft. tall 100-lb. man, on his own. He used blocks of coral rock, some as heavy as 30 tons and did not make use of any modern machinery. Estimates place the total weight used to build Coral castle at around 1000 tons. The castle includes a 28-ton obelisk, 8 feet ( 2.5 meters) tall walls with large crescents perched atop them and a 9 ton swinging gate. According to a an article , some teenager spying on him saw that he placed his hands on the boulders and sang. The coral block would then ” float through the air like a hydrogen balloon.” When asked about his method, Ed is quoted as saying : “I have discovered the secrets of the pyramids. I have found out how the Egyptians and the ancient builders in Peru, Yucatan and Asia, with only primitive tools, raised and set in place blocks of stone weighing many tons.” Leedskalnin took his secrets with him to his grave.
Modern science is no stranger to the use of sound waves in the levitation of small particles. NASA even employs sonic drilling. As it would seem, the ancients were on to something. Only future research or discoveries will tell us what.