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Dr. Troglodyte Wrote:
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> Given that prior to the excavated Tunnel and the
> collapse of the “prismatic stone” [see
> Tompkins, page 9], there was no visible, working,
> access to the nearly 7 ton Granite Plugs except
> for an approximately 100 foot sloping shaft (from
> one report, also filled with an unknown number of
> limestone plugs) [Tompkins, page 10], some 3 feet
> wide by 4 feet high. The possibility of
> traversing within the confinement of this space
> and moving anything of consequence is, at best,
> problematic.

Would you mind clarifying what you are referring to as "problematic"?

You seem to accept that there was a prism stone in place. I contend there was never any such thing as a prism stone because it is non-existent except for the al Mamoun legend which his father parlayed into Night #398 in 1001 Nights.

There are no first-hand reports of such a stone, there is no record of al Mamoun offering his own description or drawing of it, there is no rubble existing today that's thought to have been part of it, and no one can postulate how such a stone could have been retrofitted into the two grossly insufficiently small sockets on the east and west walls, e.g., after the royal funeral.

What I find to be problematic based on the physical evidence, is the notion that there was ever a prism stone in that socket. By what logic does anyone believe the builders would put such visually conspicuous granite there to plug the AP as a security mechanism and then try to hide it with a block of limestone affixed into that socket in such a flimsy way?

Rather, a far more logical explanation of what we see there today is that al Mamoun walked into the original Main Entrance, noticed the granite plug, assumed it blocked a passage heading upwards to the south, and so he excavated through the far software limestone starting a few feet farther down the DP, first hacking his way upward and then along the plugs until he found open space in the AP. In his visit to the GG, QC and KC he may have found valuable materials too large and heavy to bring them back out the way he came in, and so he excavated his way out, straight through to the north and ended at what was then 'ground level'.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 25-Nov-15 04:00 by Origyptian.

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Removable plugs on purpose 2655 Open mind 21-Nov-15 17:11
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Re: Removable plugs on purpose 652 cladking 21-Nov-15 21:04
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 725 Open mind 21-Nov-15 23:26
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 727 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 00:53
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 810 Corpuscles 22-Nov-15 11:32
Pragmatic Semantics 863 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 18:18
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 637 Open mind 22-Nov-15 17:30
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 669 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 18:45
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 726 Open mind 23-Nov-15 21:22
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 642 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 21:32
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 648 Open mind 23-Nov-15 22:27
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 680 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 22:39
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 591 cladking 23-Nov-15 22:39
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 668 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 22:53
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 626 Dr. Troglodyte 24-Nov-15 16:25
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Re: Removable plugs on purpose 699 cladking 24-Nov-15 19:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 746 Open mind 24-Nov-15 20:30
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 532 cladking 24-Nov-15 20:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 674 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 21:31
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 578 cladking 24-Nov-15 22:33
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 687 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 20:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 664 Open mind 24-Nov-15 20:49
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 623 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:02
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 624 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 637 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 20:51
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 644 cladking 22-Nov-15 20:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 680 Origyptian 22-Nov-15 16:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 673 Open mind 22-Nov-15 18:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 730 Open mind 22-Nov-15 20:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 653 cladking 22-Nov-15 21:08
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 638 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 18:38
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 554 cladking 24-Nov-15 19:54
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 615 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 20:59
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 693 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:35
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 627 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:38
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 660 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 627 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:22
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 589 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 21:43
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 601 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:55
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 591 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 604 cladking 24-Nov-15 22:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 723 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 632 Jon Ellison 27-Nov-15 18:29
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 682 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:22
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 662 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 625 cladking 25-Nov-15 00:01
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 754 Martin Stower 27-Nov-15 16:25
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 530 cladking 28-Nov-15 00:04
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 663 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 00:43
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 592 cladking 28-Nov-15 01:13
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 687 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 02:03
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 593 cladking 28-Nov-15 02:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 776 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 13:40
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 623 cladking 28-Nov-15 15:16
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 719 Brian Patterson 28-Nov-15 15:45
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 583 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 20:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 600 Merrell 28-Nov-15 21:39
According to Archae... 601 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 22:09
Re: According to Archae... 599 Merrell 28-Nov-15 22:54
Re: According to Archae... 607 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 22:58
Re: According to Archae... 632 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 23:11
Mindset 648 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 23:36
Re: Mindset 640 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 23:49
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Re: Mindset 781 Thanos5150 29-Nov-15 18:33
Re: Mindset 652 Merrell 29-Nov-15 22:49
Re: Mindset 481 cladking 29-Nov-15 23:03
Re: Mindset 649 Origyptian 30-Nov-15 04:47
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Re: Mindset 604 Martin Stower 29-Nov-15 23:31
Re: Mindset 669 Thanos5150 29-Nov-15 23:46
Re: According to Archae... 682 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 23:28
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 575 cladking 28-Nov-15 23:13
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 474 cladking 28-Nov-15 01:21
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 633 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 733 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 23:19
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 627 cladking 24-Nov-15 23:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 626 Martin Stower 25-Nov-15 00:10
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 744 Dr. Troglodyte 25-Nov-15 00:42
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 677 Jon Ellison 25-Nov-15 01:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 648 Open mind 25-Nov-15 04:05
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 616 Jon Ellison 25-Nov-15 07:03
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 642 Open mind 25-Nov-15 13:18
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 507 Open mind 25-Nov-15 13:37
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 696 Open mind 25-Nov-15 03:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 734 Origyptian 25-Nov-15 03:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 718 Dr. Troglodyte 25-Nov-15 16:25
Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 709 Howard West 29-Nov-15 16:48
Re: Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 673 Origyptian 30-Nov-15 04:57
Re: Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 542 Howard West 30-Nov-15 16:07
Old Posters seem to act like the Caliph Omar 654 Howard West 30-Nov-15 17:11
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 608 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 17:17
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 579 Howard West 30-Nov-15 18:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 558 cladking 30-Nov-15 21:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 597 Origyptian 01-Dec-15 04:56
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 678 Brian Patterson 01-Dec-15 17:10
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 626 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 21:54
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 601 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 22:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 663 Howard West 30-Nov-15 23:01
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 599 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 23:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 648 Howard West 01-Dec-15 02:34
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 722 Howard West 01-Dec-15 22:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 704 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Dec-15 00:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 599 Brian Patterson 02-Dec-15 00:29
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 690 Howard West 02-Dec-15 03:46
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 625 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Dec-15 21:04
some people just need lots of pictures 908 Howard West 03-Dec-15 02:12


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