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Of the many workmen's graffiti marks found on the underside of the blocks that cover Khufu's southern Khufu boat pits, one notes the 11th cattle count which given only Djedfre's name is found, not Khufu, implies this was the 11th cattle count under Djedefre's reign. There is some debate whether the cattle count occurred every year or every other year, but this would mean that Djedefre was making these boat pits some 11 or 22yrs after Khufu's death/end of reign. As noted in the picture above, there is also a secondary temenos wall running over the top of the boat pit meaning this too would have been made sometime after the boat pits were made.

As I have noted before regarding boat pits in general, this practice was seemingly abandoned after the 2nd Dynasty in which for reasons unknown, if they are even related, Djedefre revived the practice. A reference of G1's boat pits:


The evidence strongly suggests Djedefre was responsible for the southern boat pits. Given the unreasonably close proximity of the causeway boat pit to the causeway, i.e. it respects and was built after the causeway, it stands to reason it too was made sometime in Djedfre's reign or later. The eastern boat pits are outside the main temenos wall which all things considered I would assume these too were made In Djedfre's reign or later. Eastern/causeway boat pit perspective:


We also note in the pictures above that one of the queen's pyramids has a boat pit as does the satellite pyramid (G1-d), which the latter seems to be just as indiscriminately placed as the satellite pyramid itself. Interesting that no one has a clue what the satellite pyramid was for and seems all told quite out of place as if it were inserted after the fact.

Also to consider as noted before is Khufu's boat itself which the interior displays in wood a style of column not found until the 5th Dynasty:


Compare, Sahure:


Though no one really knows for sure, these boats are equated to the later Aten ("solar barque") which the pharaoh/RE is to ride east to west across the vault of the sky along the path of the sun. The rub, however, is that G1 has 5 boat pits, none on the west side (or north), Khafre has 5(6?) boat pits to the sides of the mortuary temple (none around the pyramid like G1), all on either the south or north-none east or west, and yet despite the fact 2 of the roofs were found almost entirely intact there were no boats.
Khafre:


It seems in reality there was no rhyme or reason to the orientation of the boat pits nor does it make much sense why a pharaoh would need 5 boats in which poor Menkaure had none.

At any rate, it is interesting to think, as the story goes, that there was perhaps as much as a 22yr gap (or more) between the end of Khufu's reign, i.e. working on G1, and the resumption of pyramid building with Khafre. All told it definitely appears the boat pits of G1 at least were added more than a decade, perhaps more than two decades, after Khufu had died and supposedly construction of G1 completed. It was also at this time, or later, a second temenos wall was built right over the top of the southern boat pits. Given the abundant graffiti found on the underside of the roofing blocks of G1's southern boat pits, with many cartouches of Djedefre, it seems curious for there to be none found on the underside of the two largely intact roofs of G2. Wouldn't that be a hoot if there too Djedfre's name was found....

For more along this line of thinking HERE.

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G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 1798 Thanos5150 01-Nov-18 02:52
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 260 Dr. Troglodyte 01-Nov-18 16:15
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 239 Thanos5150 02-Nov-18 01:27
Khufu II vs Khufu I 284 Dr. Troglodyte 06-Nov-18 00:50
Re: Khufu II vs Khufu I 367 Thanos5150 06-Nov-18 06:57
Re: Khufu II vs Khufu I 244 Martin Stower 06-Nov-18 19:21
Re: Khufu II vs Khufu I 211 Spiros 06-Nov-18 21:14
Re: Khufu II vs Khufu I 228 Martin Stower 06-Nov-18 23:05
Re: Khufu II vs Khufu I 222 Thanos5150 06-Nov-18 23:34
Re: Khufu II vs Khufu I 252 Martin Stower 06-Nov-18 23:55
Re: Khufu II vs Khufu I 204 Thanos5150 07-Nov-18 01:55
Off topic 224 Hanslune 07-Nov-18 03:32
Misnomers [?] 237 Dr. Troglodyte 07-Nov-18 18:31
Re: Misnomers [?] 222 Martin Stower 07-Nov-18 18:38
Re: Misnomers [?] 216 Dr. Troglodyte 07-Nov-18 18:59
Re: Misnomers [?] 207 Martin Stower 07-Nov-18 19:16
Re: Misnomers [?] 240 Manu 07-Nov-18 21:28
Re: Misnomers [?] 214 Dr. Troglodyte 07-Nov-18 22:39
Re: Misnomers [?] 232 Martin Stower 07-Nov-18 23:33
Re: Misnomers [?] 201 Dr. Troglodyte 07-Nov-18 23:45
Re: Misnomers [?] 222 Manu 07-Nov-18 23:58
Re: Misnomers [?] 249 Martin Stower 08-Nov-18 12:30
Re: Misnomers [?] 199 Thanos5150 09-Nov-18 18:30
Re: Misnomers [?] 204 Thanos5150 07-Nov-18 23:54
Re: Khufu II vs Khufu I 241 Morten 11-Nov-18 00:55
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 219 Spiros 01-Nov-18 18:51
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 221 Thanos5150 02-Nov-18 01:44
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 260 Morten 02-Nov-18 02:42
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 270 Thanos5150 02-Nov-18 04:57
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 243 Morten 02-Nov-18 10:46
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 224 Thanos5150 02-Nov-18 20:48
Anyone who cites Rigano can't be too far wrong n/t 230 cladking 02-Nov-18 21:04
Re: Anyone who cites Rigano can't be too far wrong n/t 253 Martin Stower 06-Nov-18 19:37
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 309 Graham Chase 02-Nov-18 21:24
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 266 Thanos5150 06-Nov-18 03:25
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 220 Eddie Larry 06-Nov-18 04:28
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 215 Thanos5150 07-Nov-18 02:30
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 214 Eddie Larry 07-Nov-18 02:40
Maybe stating the obvious but.... 259 Warwick 13-Nov-18 17:25
Re: Maybe stating the obvious but.... 248 Martin Stower 13-Nov-18 18:17
Re: Giza Map 281 Thanos5150 15-Nov-18 00:27
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 224 Thanos5150 28-Dec-18 05:14
Re: G1 and the Boat Pits of Djedefre 278 Thanos5150 28-Dec-18 06:29


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