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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

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. Dude M says:

    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?

    1. VRAndy says:

      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.

  2. JAmes says:

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

  3. Anonymous says:

    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.