> Under the conventional sequence of development,
> "Khafre's" causeway (and the Sphinx), were
> undeveloped at the time of Khufu's quarrying. If
> this sequence is correct, why should the extent of
> the quarrying have been limited by a feature (the
> causeway) that was not developed until sometime
> after Khufu's reign? The conventional sequence of
> development requires us to accept that Khufu's
> workmen went to the trouble of opening up a second
> quarry to the south of the causeway, rather than
> remove a linear body of rock which, at the time,
> served no apparent purpose. The common alignment
> of the causeway and the southern Sphinx exposure
> indicates that, like the excavation of the Sphinx
> and the construction of the Sphinx temple, the
> alignment of "Khafre's" causeway was established
> some time before the construction of Khufu's
> mortuary complex. Under this revised sequence of
> development, interpretation of the spatial
> relationship between the causeway and Khufu's
> quarries becomes quite straightforward - with the
> causeway limiting the extent of the later
> quarrying works.[/quote]
> Emphasis mine.
> Khufu Knew the Sphinx, Colin Reader
If I recall correctly, this was also presented by Lehner who tried to formulate an argument of why Khafre's causeway still could have come after the quarries on either side of it (since G1 is thought to have been constructed with blocks from those quarries), but his argument seemed farfetched and incorporated what appeared to be a curious decision made by the builders. The point is that the "ridge" of the causeway is not a natural ridge but rather is a man made linear ridge by virtue of the quarries cutting into the bedrock on either side of it.
Whether the Sphinx and its enclosure were concurrent with the causeway vs. causeway existed before the Sphinx (in which case the south wall of the Enclosure "respects" the causeway just as the Sphinx Temple respects Khafre''s Valley Temple) doesn't lessen the enigma of the implication of that causeway on the construction sequence hypothesis. Meanwhile, I don't see a plausible explanation of how the causeway could have come after the Sphinx unless the Enclosure was subsequently enlarged to create the angled south wall to align with the newly added causeway, the rationale for which isn't obvious to me.
And this supports the hypothesis that perhaps the Giza pyramid original construction sequence actually is the opposite of what we've been led to believe and that all three existed and already had become ancient during Khufu's time, and that Khufu simply claimed the largest one as his own when he (or his father who used existing "signage" for his son's namesake) saw the three of them standing there, then Khafre took the next largest one, and Menkaure the third, and that process of calling dibs on pre-existing pyramids has nothing to do with the original sequence of construction.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 29-May-18 12:53 by Origyptian.