> "An inscription containing his highest regnal
> year, the "Year of the 17th Count of Khufu", first
> mentioned by Flinders Petrie in an 1883 book and
> then lost to historians, was rediscovered by
> Zahi Hawass in 2001 in one of the relieving
> chambers within Khufu's pyramid".
> To resolve the matter we need the primary source.
I was unaware of the post by M Stower (HoM - later provided by Merrell)
There are a number of good points raised.
One of them is Goyen highlights that Grinsell wrote the inscription was originally thought by Petrie to be in the first RC (ie Davisons?) but declares it is a mistake. (the French part)
If there is one thing we can be certain M Stower would be (was?) completely familiar with all and every inscriptions in RC's recorded by (Vyse/Perring/Hill). If it is not in those records , then where is this inscription?
There are a series of numbers found on the chevrons of Campbell's. I seem to recall SC making a big deal about whether cardinal or ordinal in nature, and claiming the same depiction (you posted) is there. However, such numbers appear to be relating to the order of the slabs nothing to do with king's regnal year. Is it actually accompanied by Gardiner M4 glyph? .
I am guessing but I reckon Hawass is mistakenly, referring to or pointing out, numbers on the CC chevrons and likely assuming there once was, or is, some faint remaining mark, thought to be originally a M4. and assuming that was what Petrie referred to?
I think it is a big stretch you are making to suggest that the Wadi al jarf documents relate to Djedefre or other later king.
As you know there were crew names associated directly to their king elsewhere (eg Drunkards of Menkaure)
Yet the only ones found at Wadi al Jarf refer to Khufu alone.
Also regnal year has to be consistent it is either doubled assuming 2 yr or 1yr single count. They can't as far as I am aware be both? Can someone more knowledgeable give advice please
(I haven't checked but believe I have seen photo's of the papyri al jarf with the bulls head symbol clearly indicating cattle count )