> 1) The majority of the base of G1, its greatest
> volume to this height, was already there in the
> form of the natural outcrop. This outcrop would
> have already been roughly the shape of a truncated
> pyramid and shaped further, of note being the 65ft
> high deck in which all the upper chambers and GG
> are built directly on top of.
So why in the world would they level the large area around the pyramid removing this stone and then fill it in with ramps? Why not just leave it there saving the effort of removing it, filling the space with ramping material and then removing the ramping material. And then most Egyptological proposals would have them filling it again to add the casing stone and removing it again at the end.
Ramps are debunked and people keep forgetting it.
> Blocks are brought to one end on a sled and lifted
> by a shaduf step by step until it reaches the deck
> of the ramp. It is then slid slightly
> downhill along oiled skids using gravity as
> mechanical advantage until it reaches the other
> end. From there it is lifted again using a series
> of shadufs positioned on steps which terminates on
> the 65ft deck which at that point the lifting is
> handed off to the GG. This system is used for as
> long as possible utilizing the raising of the deck
> in increments as staging areas for each rising
> course. The upper chambers are completed and the
> GG roof is added which at this point another
> multi-staged staged tower is
Sounds interesting but using counterweighted cranes in this manner would be virtually impossible. They certainly didn't have the materials to build such devices for the largest stones. People need to remember that shadufs and counterweights save no work whatsoever. They simply change the nature of the work.