> Origyptian Wrote:
> > There is no compelling reason to assume the KC
> > shaft was designed to be open to the outside
> > environment from the beginning. First, we know
> > that the QC shafts aren't open to the outside.
> > Second, we don't know whether the casing skin may
> > have sealed the upper portal of that shaft (fwiw,
> > Zahi asserts in Whitehead's Djedi paper that this
> > was the case). This would mean that the stain on
> > the KC wall is the result of limestone power
> > accumulation only for the past 1200 years, of from
> > the time the casing were stripped off, allegedly
> > circa 800 AD which is a plausible amount of time
> > to accumulate such a subtle stain from such a
> > narrow, long shaft of masonry in which limestone
> > power could certainly have accumulated over the
> > millennia.
> If I remember rightly the Gantenbrink Autocad
> schematics show similarities in the upper reaches
> of the KC air shafts and the QC air shafts. The
> principle difference being that any hypothetical
> KC air shaft blocking stone and void would have
> been in much closer proximity with the outer
> casing and therefore totally destroyed when the
> casing was removed.
> It may be that the discovery of a KC airshaft,
> copper pinned, blocking stone during casing
> removal prompted the original attempted excavation
> of the "Mankiller"???
> The upper QC air shaft blocking stone and final
> blocks are reportedly carved from Tura Limestone.
> It would be interesting to know if this internal
> Tura Limestone was once in direct communication
> with the casing external Tura Limestone.
In fact, there's a hypothesis that the QC was the original burial chamber before the KC was added to the design and that the QC shafts DID extend to the "original" skin of a much smaller G1, but when there was a "change in plans" that required the KC to be added to the design, then through a variation of accretion more width and height was added to the masonry to accommodate the newer KC shafts. Pure speculation, but it accounts for some of that shaft geometry.
By the way, since there's been some talk of "reaction chamber" in this discussion, I just want to point out that "limestone power accumulation" was a typo. I meant "limestone powder accumulation"!
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?