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25 24 erectIng the StoneS the fine art of levitating lintels Fetching 50 ton sarsen stones from Fyfield Down and 4 or 5 ton bluestones from the Preseli mountains in Wales must have demanded a good working technology of ropes and levers, rollers and cradles. And plenty of spare time The large stones were dressed on site, and rolled or dragged to a waiting holesocket. A cranelike structure was probably used to pull them up to the vertical. Perhaps the Y and Z holes see plan on page 29 held the props for this perilous process for no stones were ever placed in them. It is assumed, without any evidence, that the lintels were raised by progressively adding to the height of a wooden cradle whilst levering up the lintel. Presumably the lintel was then perilously slid across to meet the awaiting tenons in the sarsen uprights. Do not try this at home Is it unfeasible to suppose that an earth or timber ramp may have been used Levitation Any other ideas
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