> I think what Dr Femano (Origyptian) is saying is
> that the "fringe" win most of these arguments when
> based on evidence and logic alone.
It's not even a matter of "winning". It's simply a matter of understanding the realistic strength of the evidence and making an objective appraisal of how well it is able to validate a claim. For example, observing painted glyphs on stones that have been sitting out in the open says almost nothing about the construction date of the structure sitting next to them, especially since that structure may have been repurposed many times prior to any use that may be indicated by the paint marks on those stones.
Also, as Jenkins makes clear in her book about the 1st boat pit, glyphs that were well concealed and protected in the pit for centuries and only recently exposed to the atmosphere quickly became "almost illegible" after only 25 years, and that's after having been coated with a polyvinyl-acetate preservative and protected from the sun, wind, and dust by boards laid against them.
In contrast, for example, the el-Jarf glyphs on those limestone blocks presumably have been exposed for many more years (allegedly several millennia) and yet somehow they still are quite legible even though they had no such similar protection from weather or preservative chemistry.
Likewise, according to Tallet, the "main deposits of papyrus" were located outside the galleries between the limestone blocks at the entrance. Essentially, we are being asked to believe that those papyrii and painted glyphs at el-Jarf retained their integrity exposed to the environment allegedly for millennia when a few painted glyphs on limestone blocks found in G1's 1st boat pit faded to "almost illegible" after only 25 years despite their protection with the use of chemical preservative and wooden boards sheltering them from weather.
There's something very inconsistent going on here.
> I'd be surprised if they never stored a boat at
> the wadi. If a boat were wrecked or sailors
> marooned it would require excessive effort and
> time to mount a rescue mission. Why wouldn't they
> keep an extra boat or two here. Indeed a
> favorable trade might suddenly emerge and they
> could even have more. Much of the export of Egypt
> was bulky compared to their imports.
And despite how neatly the planks were arranged in the boat pit, here's the rat's nest of cordage left behind:
Also, how does a boat not leak like a sieve when it's assembled with rope threaded into these holes? I don't recall there being any mortar or tar sealant left in a storage jar in that boat pit for use in the afterlife:
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?