First I was being Facetious, and factual at the same time.
>These "barges are becoming quite complex and I don't see the need. In addition to holding all these stones they have to hold three times their weight in water AND then have to float when the water is removed. Why do you want to float stones in the "itr.t-palace" anyway?
>they have to hold three times their weight in water. How do you arrive at that fact, 3 to 1. There are water displacement formula's & Calculator online:
>Yes, they could have used multiple smaller ropes but these would run a much greater risk of tangling.
The smaller ropes give you a sense of redundancy. If one rope breaks, there are still enough ropes to carry the load. They can be placed side by side and laced with leather strands, keeping then in line and organized.
Are we now back to lifting stones straight up", and insisting some internal pre-structure. Yes, they did this before, and it is said that was how Pyramid building got started. Doing so, has no effect on building a Pyramid, other than it presents additional problems of not using an Incline plain.
When given the option of a straight up lift, compared to an Incline plane, there is no other option. All the other option, make it complicated and require more wood, construction framing, and labor.
>Why do you want to float stones in the "itr.t-palace" anyway? What is this. I don't speak AE.