> But the degree of cursivity of hieroglyphs and the
> tendency to short-hand numerals are not
> necessarily parallel developments. They could be,
> but I don't think there are enough examples at
> hand to know. Nevertheless, in
> fragment[/url] from the fifth dynasty you can
> already recognize Middle Hieratic "10".
> The point is, there are three plausible ways to
> explain sideways units and sideways "medju"
> besides day-of-the-month:
> 1) Ordinal slab number in a slab sequence
> 2) Ordinal gang number in a phyle
> 3) hieratic "1/2"; hieratic "4" and "8"
4) The hiertaic number signs were painted upright (somewhere outside the GP) and, to make it look as though they were painted outwith the chamber (i.e. 'quarry marks'), Vyse flipped them as he copied them into Campbell's.
I have several issues and questions regarding your points but don't have time to address them right now.
At the end of the day, however, we could argue here until the cows come home as to which of the above scenarios is the correct one. And get nowhere.
But it's worth recognising that just because other scenarios MAY explain the 'peculiar' numbers in this chamber does not remove the possibility that my option 4 (above) is the correct option; is what actually happened in those chambers. This is to say that regardless of other possibilities being presented and even promoted, my option 4 still stands as a distinct possibility. Only when one of the 'options' presented is proven beyond reasonable doubt to be the correct scenario can all other options then be disproved and dismissed. Until such time - my option 4 stands as a distinct possibility. And given all the other evidence pointing to fraudulent activity by these men in these chambers in 1837, I maintain my option 4 to be the most likely scenario. Fraud.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 15-Jun-18 15:35 by Scott Creighton.