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In the 19th century, three ancient Egyptian obelisks made of solid granite—each weighing north of 200 tons—were shipped from Egypt to London, Paris, and New York. Postcolonial-era questions about whether ancient Egyptian obelisks shouldn’t perhaps be left in Egypt aside, how it was done is quite an interesting story. This, BTW, is just the first of what I expect will be many gems from my newly-discovered treasure trove, No Tech Magazine, a sister publication to kris de kecker’s Low Tech Magazine, which we rave about here all the time.

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AEN2N77WU2X2WA4HUBHDKVB3QE Dude M

    QUOTE: “Postcolonial-era questions about whether ancient Egyptian obelisks shouldn’t perhaps be left in Egypt aside…”

    Much like the “unwritten” weapon rule or the TNT jab?

    • http://vrandy.myopenid.com/ VRAndy

      I think he’s trying to pre-emptively prevent a debate on the subject as it’s completely tangential to why this is topical to Make.

  • http://twitter.com/_JAmesH_ JAmes

    Brings a whole new meaning to LARGE-SCALE grave robbery! :)

  • Anonymous

    Just as long as it doesn’t take as many lives sending it back as it did getting it in the first place: four people died when it lost its tow in the Bay of Biscay and another unloading it.