Von Daniken takes the reader through the Stone
Age and beyond to raise unanswered questions about
engineering feats that are far advanced for the
people living centuries ago. The author visited
many fascinating spots personally and took very
revealing historical pictures for the readers.
The author takes readers through the "cart ruts"
of Malta which are a series of deep tracks which
literally run from land into the sea. The existence
of these tracks raises questions as to whether or not
the peoples in this area used the tracks to haul
heavy objects like stone to/from ships at sea.
The tracks appear to have a uniform depth and
width from the left to the right track in many
places. A similar imponderable is presented for
The Great Pyramid. In 80 years, Sneferu, Cheops,
Djedefre and Chefren were built. This engineering
marvel required quarrying 12 million stone blocks
out of the rock for cutting, polishing, measuring,
transportation and precise assembly into a pyramidal
structure - a herculean task for those times.
In Abydos, the crossbeams weighed 30 tonnes. The
monoliths of the Osireion of Abydos don't have a
single scratch and many stones are cut like a
perfect triangular prism. The Great Pyramid is a
triangular structure with a staircase to the top
which appears like a discrete mathematical step
function. In addition, the triangular walls are
counterbalancing to prevent collapse during an
Remnants of the Gods is an important engineering
and historical work which attests to the high
technological skills of the people who lived
many centuries ago. They had a clear understanding
of how to cut and haul stone together with a
thorough understanding of civil engineering
concepts required to assemble the stone into
a unified triangular prism superstructure which
counterbalanced great forces to keep the structure
of the pyramids standing for centuries. These
structures withstood wind shear, tension, compression
and weathering to still stand today as a Wonder of the World.