> The stone blocks were put in place - with the
> purpose of sealing the galleries, and concealing
> them from possible robbers (1016) - when the site
> was abandoned. There they stayed until the
> excavations effected by Tallet's team some 4,500
> years later.
Ayn Sukhna and Wadi el-Jarf: Two newly discovered pharaonic harbours on the Suez Gulf by Piere Tallet
Its main part is the huge complex of galleries that were cut in the bedrock during pharaonic times: twenty-five are obvious (some of them being open at the time of their modern discovery) and the existence of five more is most probable (Figs 13, 14).
> Under the impression that the galleries were
> catacombs, Wilkinson wrote:
Near the ruins is a small knoll containing
> eighteen excavated chambers, beside, perhaps, many
> others, the entrance of which are no longer
> visible. We went into those where the doors were
> the least obstructed by the sand or decayed rock,
> and found them to be catacombs; they are well cut
> and vary from about 80 to 24 feet, by 5; their
> height may be from 6 to 8 feet.(1832:
THE HARBOR OF KHUFU on the Red Sea Coast at Wadi al-Jarf, Egypt by Tallet & Marouard
In each case it was possible to recognize at the entrance the remains of a complex and massive closing system.
If they were sealed by blocks as you say, why did Wilkinson say "obstructed by the sand or decayed rock"?
The "remains" of, but not stone blocks in their original position as you seem to believe.
> Apart from the disturbance of the papyri
> referenced in Tallet's report, I cannot find any
> mention of any occupation of the site post-dating
> its abandonment.
An early pharaonic harbour on the Red Sea coast
Ceramic evidence shows that all these installations date back to the Fourth Dynasty and probably to the early part or the first half of it, with traces of occupation extending into the beginning of the Fifth Dynasty.
> Fortunately, Tallet's team of specialists have
> been able to infer from the archaeological
> evidence that such artefacts can safely be dated
> to the reign of Khufu, and are connected with the
> building of the GP - as emphasised in the
> publicity for a
> rticle3793&lang=fr]forthcoming TV programme.[/url]
Neither publicity nor a TV program constitute evidence.
There is nothing in the papyri to link it to the construction of G1