I watched a video about ancient monuments and mega-structures, found here: https://youtu.be/khjdheYDhiw?t=328
Each of the foundation stones for one of the ancient structures weighs more than 1,000 tons. Another stone shown weighed over 1,600 tons.
It's not clear how they moved such massive stones, but one obvious possibility is that they used human power (perhaps via a long rope system).
Is there a way to calculate how many average, adult males, it would take to pull a 1,000 and a 1,600 ton block 1 foot / 100 feet / 1 mile?
I know there are many factors to consider that could complicate this such as what the incline/decline is, how the rope system distributes the weight, and the friction caused by the type of surface it's being pulled on. But I'd like to simplify this as much as possible. So imagine a perfectly flat plane with a sand or dirt surface.