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Why There Are No Construction Tools Found

Updated on January 27, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

One of the biggest mysteries

We know that the ancient societies of the world were prolific builders. The remains of their cities, their temples and other construction projects are found all over the world.

From the Minoan 2 and 3 story apartments to huge structures like the Pyramids, the ancients left their mark for future generations to see them. We get a great glimpse of the past and how the ancients lived by studying their ruined buildings.

Yet there remains in archaeology one of the biggest mysteries archaeologists have yet to solve. Their accepted and go to answer is that the different ancient societies had no access to the proper tools to build these structures.

When archaeologists are asked

Which tools the Egyptians or Greeks, etc., used to build their great structures is that these people used stone, bronze,copper and sometimes iron tools to do their construction work.

This answer is based on those archaeological finds where a few of those tools are recovered from the vicinity of the great structures of the world. These tools are found just lying nearby famous buildings, or in quarries where the stone blocks were carved.

Once found, archaeologists immediately leapt to the conclusion that these were the primary tools used by ancient societies to do their construction projects. In case after case, this is the conclusion that is drawn by archaeologists, Egyptologist, and other researchers.

There is a problem with this conclusion

One of the weaknesses that is found in archaeology is that archaeologists are not experts in the things that they study or dig up. Yes they know ancient languages, an recognize inscriptions and even spot unique artifacts from time to time

But archaeologists, Egyptologists, most Bible scholars and other researchers are generally not experts in agriculture, religious thinking, construction and other daily life activities.

They do not know the different strategies, the nuances, the overall detail that goes into construction large buildings or other structures. This lack of knowledge leads these ancient experts to come to misleading theories and conclusions.

Their idea that the Egyptians and other ancient societies used Bronze Age hand tools to create such magnificent structures is off the mark. Most likely these tools were either used for some finishing work or were dropped by the different construction workers over the centuries.

These tools are often just found lying there and come with no real connection to the structure. For all we know, they were dropped accidentally centuries later and never recovered.

Why there are no construction tools left behind

There really isn’t a big mystery as to why morn archaeologists cannot find any real construction tools left by the Egyptians. That is there isn’t if you understand construction.

The ancient construction workers were not unlike their modern counterparts. They did not like their tool from being stolen or misplaced, so they kept them close at hand. Or they were locked up and guarded in a specific area set aside for tools and materials.

You can’t do your job without your tools or the company’s tools. But this isn’t all there is to the lack of a mystery regarding ancient construction tools. As you may have noticed, the majority of ancient buildings remaining t this day, were ll completed and used for their intended purpose.

There was no more need to keep the tools around the building site anymore. Most likely, these tools were needed on the next construction project and would not be left behind for future researchers to find.

Or they were taken back home, to the construction office’s quarters and stored until they were needed again. One can imagine that, like today, ancient construction tools were expensive and the workers had to save in order to get what they needed. They were not going to lose their tools if they could help it.

There is no logical reason for any construction tool to be left behind after the job was done. Especially if the building project was a burial chamber for a King.

The other reason why

There is one more reason why ancient construction tools are not found near magnificent ancient structures. Tools rust, rot and disappear over time. It is also unrealistic to think that a lot of these tools would survive the ravages of time, invading armies or even natural disasters.

While some tools are lucky to survive, like fossils, the majority would not be so lucky and succumb to the elements that destroys all material objects. As for stone tools, it would only take a couple of hacks by ancient man to figure out that they needed a better way to hold the stone tool.

Wood handles were probably used a lot earlier than archaeologists give the ancients credit. These handles would also disappear quite quickly as well.

Some final words

As you can see, I do not agree with the conclusions many archaeologists have come to about ancient construction projects. That is because their conclusions do not make sense.

Something is missing from their analysis of ancient structures. Of course, that missing link is the vital information that comes from other walks of life which can shed light on the ancient world.

Without those important details, archaeologists miss the mark on how the ancients actually live. Of course, I also believe that the majority of ancient structures, including the Pyramids, were built prior to the flood.

We know that they had metal tools long before the stone age appeared on the scene. If you read Genesis 4:22 you will find that metal work was founded in the 8th generation from Adam.

That belief explains why we do not find blueprints for those magnificent structures, or the actual names of the people who constructed them. The biggest archaeological mystery is not the lack of construction tools being discovered near great ancient buildings.

One of the biggest archaeological mysteries would be what kind of tools did they have at their disposal and how were they powered.

© 2019 David Thiessen

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