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DUNE Wrote:
> There's an obvious juxtaposition here between the
> two Temples, and im not even sure one should use
> the term "Temple" for that chaotic Mud brick
> layout that's been labeled The Valley Temple .
> Take a look at the Mortuary Temple from this Utube
> video, from 7 minute 13 , can we really accept
> the two are contemporary with Menkaures occupation
> of G3,
> []

Hello DUNE:

The assumption that the Valley Temple was contemporary with Menkaure is false. Consider: ”Although Menkaure enjoyed a long reign, estimated at 28 years, when he died his pyramid complex was far from complete:

• Mortuary Temple lacked the final granite casing and some rooms were only outlined.
• Causeway and Valley Temple were barely started.
• Pyramid was finished and cased, but the casing was not finely finished.
• Enclosure Wall and pavement around the pyramid were not started.
• One subsidiary pyramid was complete while the other two were in the form of step pyramids.
• The substructure of one subsidiary pyramid was incomplete.
• Only one of the three subsidiary pyramid temple foundations was laid.

Menkaure’s son and successor, Shepseskaf, used mud brick to complete the Mortuary and Valley Temples, all of the subsidiary pyramid temples, the Causeway, and probably the Enclosure Wall.

A stele found in eight pieces in the portico of Menkaure’s Mortuary Temple…provides proof of both the order of these two Dynasty IV kings as well as their relationship and some evidence that Shepseskaf completed his father’s complex up to three years after Menkaure’s death.

It is possible that the work necessary for the burial was completed during the time Menkaure was dying and his body was being prepared. This would include finishing the granite casing around the pyramid entrance and the Mortuary Temple, and using mud brick to at least preliminarily complete the Valley Temple and Causeway…”
Pyramids of the Giza Plateau, page 187, Charles Rigano.

It is also important to remember that all of the work Shepseskaf completed on Menkaure’s Pyramid Complex was achieved in the four (4) short years he ruled, while he simultaneously constructed his own mastaba tomb.

Dr. Troglodyte

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Bend in the Menkaure causeway 943 Romulus the 2nd 05-Jun-18 15:49
Re: Bend in the Menkaure causeway 215 Dr. Troglodyte 05-Jun-18 17:52
Re: Bend in the Menkaure causeway 203 Romulus the 2nd 05-Jun-18 19:43
Re: Bend in the Menkaure causeway 162 Dr. Troglodyte 05-Jun-18 21:12
Re: Bend in the Menkaure causeway 161 Romulus the 2nd 05-Jun-18 22:02
Re: Bend in the Menkaure causeway 141 Dr. Troglodyte 05-Jun-18 22:29
Re: Bend in the Menkaure causeway 238 Romulus the 2nd 06-Jun-18 08:53
Re: Bend in the Menkaure causeway 139 DUNE 05-Jun-18 22:17
Re: Bend in the Menkaure causeway 215 Dr. Troglodyte 05-Jun-18 23:50

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