> After some time, I realized pulling stones up
> using steps, uses more wood & labor, than a simple
> wooden track on the cap stones.
It would probably require quite a lot less wood.
The total distance to the pyramid top is shorter and very little weight is on these rails so there would be very little wear and maintenance. Indeed, where single lifts or only a few lifts were necessary they didn't use rails at all and just dragged them up the smooth sides with very little friction.
The step sides would be the same angle and as smooth as the side of any mastaba.
> I suppose
> even two greased rut works as well, thou then
> those are not removable, and capable for
> reassembly elsewhere. The individuals who cut the
> cap stones may have something to say about ruining
> their work.:) How do you maintain the 52 degree
> angle? Consider, if you use a pre cut cap stone,
> one which already has the correct angle built in,
> then aligning it becomes much easier. You only
> need to lay a straight edge from the previous
> layer, onto your new cap stone for the correct
> leveling & placement.
Good points. But this can be done with or without steps.
> Here is a "some means to lift stones". Use half
> the men required, to acheive the same work. Not
> only do you reduce the workload by 50%, the
> platform moves up the Pyramids face twice as fast.
Just getting rid of ramps reduces the workload by about 90% dependent on their exact configuration. There are some very good ramp theories out there that are somewhat more efficient than this but they don't involve any massive banking and movement of earth.