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Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs [Paperback]

Christopher Dunn
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15 July 2010
From the pyramids in the north to the temples in the south, ancient artisans left their marks all over Egypt, unique marks that reveal craftsmanship we would be hard pressed to duplicate today. Drawing together the results of more than 30 years of research and nine field study journeys to Egypt, Christopher Dunn presents a stunning stone-by-stone analysis of key Egyptian monuments, including the statue of Ramses II at Luxor and the fallen crowns that lay at its feet. His modern-day engineering expertise provides a unique view into the sophisticated technology used to create these famous monuments in prehistoric times.

Using modern digital photography, computer-aided design software and metrology instruments, Dunn exposes the extreme precision of these monuments and the type of advanced manufacturing expertise necessary to produce them. His computer analysis of the statues of Ramses II reveals that the left and right sides of the faces are precise mirror images of each other and his examination of the mysterious underground tunnels of the Serapeum illuminates the finest examples of precision engineering on the planet.

Providing never-before-seen evidence in the form of more than 280 photographs, Dunn's research shows that while absent from the archaeological record, highly refined tools, techniques and even mega-machines must have been used in ancient Egypt.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (15 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591431026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591431022
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Utilizing almost 50 years of professional experience in engineering, manufacturing, tool-making, and space-age precision, Chris Dunn has provided an in-depth analysis of ancient Egyptian statuary, temples, and manufactured artifacts that has never been presented previously. This outstanding book, supremely well researched, amply illustrated, and complete with detailed photographs, will be cited as a major paradigm shift and reference source in the field for many years to come."

About the Author

Christopher Dunn is a manufacturing engineer with 50 years of experience. He has worked primarily in aerospace with an emphasis on precision and laser application. He has published a dozen articles on his theories about ancient technology and is the author of The Giza Power Plant.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technology entrenched in ancient Egypt? 16 Aug 2010
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This is another masterly, concise and highly technical book by this author in this subject. If anyone purchased this book expecting glossy tourist pictures and pharaonic tales, they got the wrong book. If you want facts, figures and examples on which to base your our decisions, this is the book for you. No where are you served dogma or demeaning explanations of how the pyramids and temples were built, instead using copious explanations both pro and anti in the true scientific method, Mr Dunn reveals the latest news and findings. And the truth being the truth is goes where it must, and those who want the truth will open their minds to accept it.

It is a heavy tome, large format paperback of some 339 pages, with additional notes, index and bibliography.

To give weight to his findings, Mr Dunn has testimonials as to his credentials, his character and his experience.

To initiate anyone new to this subject, it may have been easier if the explanations in Chapter 10 about the possibility of the use of machines had actually started the book, after which all the evidence and explanations then followed. Indeed, it is not until page 287 that Mr Dunn shows what the pyramid block cutting machine could look like; I had myself queried these pits, and was able to examine my own photos to gain further knowledge about them.

Whilst Mr Dunn details the machining marks on the black basalt pavement shown on page 263, no one seems to have noticed that this perfectly flat pavement is fitted over extremely uneven bedrock, as if it was asphalt!

All in all, it was an enjoyable and gripping read, and I consider the purchase price well worth the money and will happily wait for Mr Dunn's next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Engineering in Ancient Egypt! 30 Oct 2011
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I came across "Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt" in a review of a history on Egypt I had recently read.

With a 21st Century Engineers eye for detail and through careful analysis of a number of Ancient Egyptian monuments (pyramids, temples, obelisks and statutes), Christopher Dunn asserts that sophisticated tools were used in their construction. Not the simple wood, stone and copper tools normally described in the history books. Basically nothing in the historical record explains the precision, finish and evidence of machining which are hallmarks of this ancient architecture.

An excellent book backed up by plenty of engineering research and analysis, which challenges traditional ideas on Ancient Egyptian construction. For me the only thing missing from this book would be the identification of the sophisticated tools which the author asserts were used!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 2 Sep 2010
By blobs2
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Interesting eye opening observations, well worth a read for the seemingly obvious machined stone from ancient Egypt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW 23 Nov 2010
By A. Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A complex book in which the author discusses in detail problems regarding the tools and techniques used by the Ancient Egyptians to create works in stone - not just statues but obelisks, sarcophagus and hieroglyphs - as presently understood by the archaeological community in general.

Mr Dunn's viewpoint is that the tools currently ascribed to the Egyptians by Egyptologists, copper chisels, hand axes etc, could not have been used (or at least not solely) to produce the level of accuracy that the artefacts show. Just to be clear, we are not talking `Chariots of the Gods' here: that is, not little green men from outer space or even folk from Atlantis so if you are looking at this book from that perspective then you'll be disappointed.

No, this is a book by a man who is a skilled materials engineer by trade putting forward his views and supporting them with facts and figures. There are lots of photo's and lines drawings to support the text (one of the beauties of using this book on an IPad is the ability to grow the line drawings so those of us with less than perfect sight can make out the small details).
Very well written, clear and concise and Mr Dunn goes to considerable length to explain the points he makes, there are lots of maths involved so if that isn't your strong point then you will have to take quite a bit on trust - as I did.

However, I was sad to see at the end of the book Mr Dunn 'drifts' into the pyramids etc on Giza must be 10's of thousands of years old camp, real pity that because that is what will be latched on to.

One thing I did find irritating about the book is the use of B.C.E and C.E instead of A.D. and B.C., think about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Piece Of Research 5 Jan 2014
By AD
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Once again the author brings his professional approach to the fore in trying to fathom the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. In my opinion he makes an excellent case for the use of precision machining by the builders of the Pyramids and other massive structures. Surely copper tools cannot be the explanation, especially on granite. Mr Dunn goes into depth and at all times remains as objective and analytical as possible. His book is well illustrated and not unduly hard reading. It`s an excellent companion to "Giza Power Plant", and unbelievable as it may seem, the ancient builders appear to have been in possession of advanced techniques on a par with the modern world. The next question must now be, who were these people? How did they suddenly progress from ploughing the fields around the Nile Delta to creating such fantastic structures? This is another mystery, another story. There are a number of modern authors who are breaking new ground in trying to find an answer. It`s a fascinating scenario, stimulating and sometimes controversial. The "orthodox" explanations are being made to look increasingly inadequate, and maybe there will be new discoveries around the corner - all very exciting - watch this space!
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I don't read novels and do not whan an electronic reader. A beautifully made book is a pleasure to own. A good read, well illustrated.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs RC Waters-Biles
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Christopher Dunn
Once again Christopher clearly demonstrates that those people which created the many ‘unexplained Egyptian artefacts’ were not simple artisan peasants with copper tools. Read more
Published 6 months ago by L. Moris
5.0 out of 5 stars More amazing ancient Egypt findings by Christopher Dunn
Following up on his popular book The Giza Power Plant: Technologies of Ancient Egypt released by the same publisher in 1998, Christopher Dunn continues to report his findings... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alan S. Glassman
4.0 out of 5 stars MACHINES ~ and the rest!
A slightly different "ancient technology" book - this one isn't full of fascinating, but unproveable, theories! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gina Sergent
5.0 out of 5 stars Rationality versus the Orthodox Wisdom
One cannot express one's admiration for Chris Dunn too highly. He is clear, concise, logical, with a professional attitude to the subject. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality by a Professional beats what we are taught by amatuers
Well done Chris Dunn, perhaps now readers will start to think on intelligent levels about our planets' past. Read more
Published 22 months ago by William Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Still lost
I was impressed by the power plant book and expected him to take his argument further There are many examples of statues and items that he claims are produced by milling but fails... Read more
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