> You still have
> real issues Sam with finding a middle course in
> how the Pyramids were built.
No, I really don't.
I've come up with or otherwise encountered innumerable ways that the pyramids might have been built that are far superior evidentially to the concept that "ramps are the only means possible". Many of these means are "in the middle" between sitting and sipping Perrier and thousands of lives being snuffed and wasted on ramps for, by, because of superstitions.
I've hinted around many times at a system that employed no ramps and was 60 or 70% less work. Nobody cares despite the fact that this system is exceedingly well evidenced and is highly logical or in other words it's a virtual certainty that they used exactly this system or something quite similar (such as linear funiculars). The evidence is almost overwhelming that stones were pulled up the pyramids (and possibly up the cliff face) but everyone knows once they accept the facts and logic that we'll end up at geysers and be dethroned from our position at the top of the food chain. This system is not only far less work and far better evidenced but it's right in our faces and even etched into the faces of the great pyramids.
I've probably posted about all of these possibilities before but it doesn't matter because it's been said "they mustta used ramps" so many times and people like the romantic notion of stumble footed bumpkins straining together on ropes to make manifest their deepest beliefs and superstitions. What's not to love about thousands of superstitious Egyptians who didn't know better than to believe with a big enough house their king could live forever. It paints them in a light that makes us look like geniuses who have "evolved" away from stupidity and superstition. I'm not really fighting ideas so much as deep seated beliefs that underlie all modern thought. I'm not fighting the facts I'm fighting people who refuse to see facts.
Did they drag stones up the cliff face? The facts are there are water worn canals leading to the point at which the actual "ramps" point. The facts are that these points align with the routes of the stones still visible up the sides of the pyramid. The fact is that the "ramps" lead to the quarry and would take stones up to the very base of the pyramid. The facts is that it would be far easier for men on the top of the first step to pull stones up the side than it would be build ramps OR to drag them up ramps. The fact is that ALL of the evidence needs to be considered to reverse engineer the pyramid and everybody seems to have two axioms when considering any given fact; they mustta used ramps and everything is evidence of superstition. This is why people see ramps everywhere except when they look at the causeway which was the ramp connecting the pyramid to Tura. Here they see superstition and a sacred walkway.
There's lots of middle ground but Egyptology is stuck on a low road that doesn't connect at all with any great pyramid.