> ...For example, you like to cry some kind of
> conspiracy regarding Reiser's interpretation of
> the Hetepheres find...
> ...Why you think this is some kind of "conspiracy" is beyond me.
Where did I say I thought Reisner was part of a conspiracy?
> it's kind of easy to see it is just his opinion with
> little of substance to substantiate it. Just as many
> others who have studied it, it shouldn't take Lehner
> pointing it out to you, which nonetheless all it has
> ever been is Reisner's opinion...
Opinion? Lehner has a rather different take than you do:
- "The hypothetical original tomb of Hetep-heres I at Dahshur has not been found (the only evidence for this queen's existence comes from G7000x). There is no textual evidence, contemporary with the 4th Dynasty or from later times, for the plundering of this tomb and the transfer of its contents to Giza. Reisner's reconstruction of events is based entirely upon the archaeological evidence gathered from G7000x. Nevertheless, his scenario was passed down in the literature, e.g. The Cambridge Ancient History (Smith 1971, 168), as historical fact."
> So, simply, the "truth" is that stuff was found
> there, but the "speculation" is why it was
> there the way it was found.
It's one thing to speculate a possible way the stuff could have gotten there, but it's entirely different to mislead the field to accept as fact that it is the tomb of Hetepheres I. Lehner points out several faults in Reisner's reasoning, making it clear that what was found in G7000x contradicts Reisner's stated rationale. Both Lehner and Münch proposed far more rational alternative hypotheses.
This episode of Egyptology is an excellent example of differences in the standard of proof applied by different investigators across a span of time. It seems that Reisner really did not think that through very well, and the standards of his day did not hold him as accountable as today's standards would.
This is why other, older tenets need to be revisited, too.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 31-May-16 06:56 by Origyptian.