How they softened the stone. Sigiriya. Part 2: Small architectural forms.
And so, in the first part we saw how they melted large amounts of stone, now let us look how they work with small volumes.
Let's start with unremarkable, at first sight, place. Lie, any blocks, masonry, construction type of monument and all. But, the first impression is deceptive. Photography is unique in that we see at the same time and work piece and that it turns out from it - the molten lump. It is noticeable that the side of lump propping monument is also slightly melted.
It's like a sculptor they bring shapeless lumps of clay, and he then sculpts of them.
If such work piece put in the right place, melt a little and then stamped on top ... and it turns out such a beautiful table, or a comfortable stand at the entrance, where you can put something.
Of course, it was a bit more complicated here, at first they pressed along the perimeter, gave a shape, and then compress from three sides a "table" with profile rails.
In the background of this image lies another similar work piece. Perhaps it should be another landscape unit there.
Another unique photograph clearly shows that the stone was melted after steps and masonry were made. Melting began near the top of another "table" tool marks are clearly visible, and the waste material is simply leaked down. If you look from this angle it becomes clear from where the volume appeared.
To give another interpretation in this case is not possible.
In this photo there is another interesting moment. If you look attentively at the masonry it seems that it was greased with uncured stone, as well as grease masonry with rest of grout.
Thus, the masonry is not exactly older than megaliths, most likely, all is done at the same time.
Another striking object is another drain. It is very similar to the one we saw in the first part, only the sequence of operations in its manufacture was a little different.
At first they covered lump with "enamel", then laid brick foundation under drainage. Thereafter, they melted until the desired state right side of the cliff with tool traces of which are visible to the left of the drain. Further, as the knife cuts the clay, they carved out of the gutter and from resulting material did the receiving bowl.
The low part, except for the center stone is formed integrally with the parent rock, they made it immediately after the cutting out of the gutter. The upper part they rolled up as dough turned on the form, and put on the bottom. Everything was designed so that was enough material, and the drain is functional, and everything looks very harmonious. Wizard.
Otherwise, this drain simply will not possible to make because in any case the rock had to have the appropriate ledge in this place, which would have to cut in whole, having removed unnecessary, and leave only the protruding bottom. But, we do not see on a lump even a hint of such ledge and the surface was not clearly machined.
Let us move to the palace, which consists of all kinds of stone benches, thrones, swimming pools and other objects of unknown purpose.
Let us start with the pools, which likely have formed as the result of sampling of rock, apparently also melted.
Pay attention on the dark flows covering the left wall of the reservoir. Analyzing the images of objects, which were exposed to melting, it was noticed that such streaks present almost everywhere and it is not consequence of exposure to water. It only blurs what stands out from the stone.
If streaks are consequence softening of stone, then maybe it will be such explanation of leaked into the Grand Gallery of the Great Pyramid.
Another pool, this time a little, but as they say nimble. In the foreground, we can clearly see the familiar "nipple" and mark, possibly from a support of apparatus, which made this body of water.
How did they it? Most likely so. Softened the rock, and some volume removed, then having smeared the remains on the left side of the pool. Then took press shaped like a trough for concrete and going into a soft mass, thereby aligning the bottom and edges.
It is the invisible side of the first pool, it is the biggest in the complex. Here we also see the treated rock, tracks from rectangular orifices, softening breed, large square traces. But there are new elements - stairs leading to nowhere.
Stairs are made with simple indentation in the soft rock. A large staircase leads to a small area, also with traces of indentation a little one to a small lawn in the corner of the pool.
Another pool about which all tourists in one voice say - "it's cast in concrete".
And guess on the right side of the basin. For what was made such disorderly and useless stone sample.
But if we imagine that they worked on plastic technology, everything becomes clear. First, a large machine, which melts large volumes, prepared playground. When installing the pool it appeared a bit high and machines chosen excess material.
The same pool only one side. Now it is clear why missed height, swimming pool just sailed a little further than it is necessary along the slope and they had to choose material. Generally, the mess turned out - "Do not be that hard."
Melt of rock in this image clearly wraps stuck in it the pool. And another it is impossible to explain.
Another interesting object - a stone "sofa" is integral with the rock. Again, apparently, worked two cars - "coarse" and "fine".
The first one softened the rock and removed the excess material having left in the corner the required amount. Well, and then they used press, shaped rails and there is a wonderful corner sofa, on which probably sunbathed foreman, keeping an eye on robots.
Let's look at this artifact closer. There are many more interesting things. Firstly, we see at the top of the wall on a small ledge familiar "nipple", which presents in almost all the "thin" products. Perhaps it was connected with vibrator, which held the entire mass in the plastic state, while work 3D sculptor, let us call this car so.
Secondly, there are three square holes, which are called vases. One of the holes is located at the foot of wall protrusion, which is very interesting itself. Why did they do it, why was impossible to make wall smooth?
Obviously, it is connected with the inclined wall, from the other side, because it has the same width. Maybe so separated the zone and possibly "rough" machine left material so. Well, square holes, most likely is side effect of 3D sculptor work, which made the sofa, and at the same time was the second contact - "weight".
In this part, mysterious staircase leading to nowhere remained without proper attention. Their puzzle we will try to solve in the next part, which we will devote to another phenomenon of Sigiriya - masonry.
All photos used in this article comes from website A. C. Koltypindopotopa.com