> 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?
Well, they did talk about not dying a second time. It would be mighty embarrasing to finally achieve eternity and then die a second time without having a holy pyramid so you could go to the after afterlife. This is why they were buried wirth armies of workers, so after stones could be piled up.
I believe these so-called boat pits on the east side were actually filled with water and a "boat" with sails floated in them. These sails were aligned so as to move the boat to the other end of the pit while pulling a rope that was used to provide the impetus for stones all around the site. These "boats" had a sort of keel at the bottom that kept it from from twisting and wearing the wooden beams that defined its path.
This is based on no cultural evidence in this case but rather the location of these pits in exactly the positions that would be most effective for making the pulls and where the most such pulls are needed. These worked in conjunction with the mason's shop which is normally mistaken for a "mortuary temple" and the so called trial passages.
Everything we see at Giza is the infrastructure to build pyramids. So long as people only see magic and religion these can't be solved. It will require modern science to solve these not preconceptions. People merely assume these were "boat pits' because that's what stinky footed bumpkins would have put there.