FISSICOLA/ World’s History / Literature & Culture


The sculpture you see in the photo weighs about 50 tons. For comparison, its weight is equivalent to that of about four armed and combat-ready Eurofighter fighters. The statue was transported at least 150 km from the quarry where the basalt rock from which it originated is located. It was made at least between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago. But there are no firm dates for these giant heads. They can also be much older.

These heads, of which there are currently 17 copies, were found in the tropical zone of Mexico. They belong to the oldest known Mesoamerican civilization: the Olmecs. Archaeologists still cannot explain how it is possible to move such heavy objects over such a long distance in the middle of the jungle, and therefore without roads or paths. According to the current reconstruction of the history of the American continent, these peoples were to know neither iron nor wheel. But then how did they extract from the quarry the huge rocks used to build the statues? How did they work them? And above all, how did they transport them?

As archaeological discoveries progress, it becomes more and more evident that the peoples of the distant past managed to move blocks of enormous weight. In Central America, the Olmecs moved 50-ton giants. In the Pacific Ocean, in the submerged city of Nan Madol, there are blocks of 50 tons raised about ten meters above the sea (!!). In Egypt, granite blocks weighing up to 80 tons are found, raised to a height of 60 meters. Not to mention the “monstrous” 1,650-ton monoliths from the Baalbek stone quarry.


Obviously, there is still something we don’t know about our past

Current technology tries to understand how the pyramids were built, how the bodies were mummified and how they practiced agriculture without using fertilizers. Also, they wonder how the Egyptians practiced their breeding.