> Damage to the GG walls and the so called Great
> As previously said i believe the GG was designed
> to facilitate the movement of stones and other
> ancillary equipment in the construction of the
> pyramid , therefore the damaged and other markings
> to the walls are consistent with some sort of
> machinery operating throughout its length, breadth
> and height .
> You would also get the odd accident, as any
> building site does, so could the great step be the
> product of one of those accidents.
> There are three possible scenarios for the damage
> to the great step.
> 1. it was a genuine accident where they dropped a
> block from above during construction.
> 2 it was damaged when whoever opened up that
> passage to the RC, and let a lump of masonry fall
> onto the step.
> 3 it was purposely hacked out for some other
> In view of how the forced entrance into the RC's
> lines up directly over the great step i favour
> that scenario.
Hi DUNE, I am under the impression that those four hollow black arrows in the photo are pointing to cement repairs made to seal the holes that originally held iron bars that served to support a scaffold or ladder assembly for ascending to that portal to the RCs at the top of the GG.
Regarding your point #1, I agree it's possible that a large block dropped from a distance might be able to cause that kind of damage on the Great Step. It's an amazing coincidence that it happened to hit the center edge of the Great Step. I'm wondering how likely it is that the builders wouldn't have tried to smooth it out and/or repair it with other smaller block patches in the middle of that construction process. It's equally puzzling why the builders wouldn't have covered that permanent surface with a protective surface during construction. After all, it's not like the Great Step was "hidden" like the blocks in the RCs, where no humans were thought to ever pass through. If anything, the traditional scenario has the Great Step in a position of prime real estate within the funerary paradigm, and so you'd think the builders would have taken steps to protect that particular surface just as we'd expect the threshold at any grand entrance to be protected when moving large, potentially damaging objects across it.
Regarding your point #2, how might such a stone have been yanked out of that socket leading to the RCs? I am not aware of any chisel marks on the surrounding blocks up there that would reveal a surface on that block that could be levered out of that socket just as we do see such chiseling around the other portals to various chambers and passages such as leading to the SC, the portal in the center of the QC Niche, the entrance to the Antechamber from the Great Step, and the south wall of the Antechamber leading to the KC. How could such a large stone at the top of the GG be grabbed and pullled out after it had been installed into place and sealed there by the force of the blocks above that impinge down on it? If the block, itself, was chiseled from the vantage point of a makeshift scaffolding or ladder, the pieces would be too small to cause such punctate damage on the Step. When do you suppose that entrance to the RCs was created? For that matter, why not just remove the block on the south wall that leads directly to the RC rather than remove a block on the east wall thereby requiring an awkward immediate right turn to be chiseled into the masonry?
Regarding your point #3, I think that is the most likely of your 3 scenarios. I don't think the traditional notion that it is simply wear and tear from early-day tourists makes any sense. Anyone who climbed up the GG clearly would have recognized the far easier path was to first step onto one of the side benches and then step onto the Great Step from the side rather than directly onto the center of the Step from the GG floor. This point was made very clearly by Morton Edgar. Rather, I also don't think that pattern of damage is due to ropes during construction. It's too erratic and assymetric and not of the organized, pre-planned style that represents the quality of work done by the original buildres. I think it's more likely that the gouge in the Great Step was was hacked out by pillagers, possibly during the process of removing large and heavy valuable materials and/or objects they found in the Antechamber and KC.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 17-Dec-16 14:41 by Origyptian.