>Yes, Steve, that's exactly what I was thinking when I saw the recesses on the floor of the pit!
>And don't cut yourself short - there is plenty of evidence for a funicular system, not the least of which is the >design of the causeways, including their very convenient and consistent angle of incline. The pits only support it >further. But why do you suppose they would want to keep the barges in pits?
reason for the barges in pits?... They sanctified them. Possibly they thought the Pharaoh would want to build another Pyramid in his after life?