> I think a better example might be the idea that the great
> pyramids were tombs because they are archetectually similar to
> tombs built by this society. Since they're all made out of
> stone by the same people I never really understood this
> argument at all.
Strange, it's all logic reasoning, nothing weird about it...
> From the idea they are tombs it follows they
> must have stood over incredibly important people; virtual gods.
Yes, in the 4th dyn divine kingship was at it's height.
> Since these people were so important then it just seems to
> follow that the people would have done anything at all for them
> even if it meant risking their lives and the economy itself
> dragging stones up ramps.
True enough, people got drafted into service but propaganda and indoctrination were also used.
> The absense of any evidence for ramps doesn't matter because we
> know they were tombs...
There's no absense of evidence for ramps. Ramps or no ramps has nothing to do with the pyramids being tombs.
> ...and the absense of direct cultural
> evidence they were tombs doesn't matter because they mustta
> used ramps.
And your definition of "direct cultural evidence" is...???
Again the unfounded pyramid-ramp connection...
BTW ramps have also been found in connection with mastaba's and temples, why make such a fuss when it comes to pyramids?
> It just doesn't matter what the evidence says
> because a whole "science" is based on the assumptions of tombs
> and ramps and it's way too late to start over now.
What the evidence says is the only thing that matters; and the evidence says the "great pyramids" were tombs. No amount of imagination or fantasy will change these hard facts.
> There are numerous tidbits in the PT that suggest thse could be
> almost anything including "recovery vaults".
With enough imagination you can "find" almost anything in the PT.