> From this top down view we can see the platform
> starts from where the bedrock has been cut away.
> Also of interest is the massive blocks of stone
> lying at the bottom of the drop off.
Is this what Hassan is referring to:
At the edge of the plateau, near the southeastern corner of the wall surrounding the ex-royal rest-house, there is a considerable area of the surface composed of huge limestone blocks. These blocks run north-east, and descend in
courses to a little less than half the height of the plateau. Were these blocks merely intended
to fill in a deep crevice in the plateau (which could have been more easily and cheaply accomplished
with rubble), or are they the remains of an earlier project for a causeway, of which the above-mentioned subway was part ? On the other hand, they may be part of a construction ramp, demolished when the Pyramid was completed. In this connection, it is interesting to note that although the cliff face to the south of the causeway is literally honeycombed with rock-cut tombs (in some places they are cut in tiers four deep, like modern apartment houses !), to the north of the causeway there are no tombs at all, only a few natural caves, which show no traces of ever having been used for burial. Moreover, Petrie mentions the fact that the whole of the slopes of the plateau to the north-east of the Great Pyramid are artificial, and consist of nothing but rubble and builder's waste, among which he found ancient baskets, cordage and pieces of wood (see "Pyramids and Temples of Giza", p. 213). It is very probable that the main road which leads up to the Pyramid Plateau is nothing but the remains of one of the construction ramps, of which there must have been several, and of which the remains of another is still existing towards the southern part of the village of Nezlit-el-Semman.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 26-Sep-18 03:03 by Thanos5150.