> So what is so advanced here.... other than the use of a drag
> saw connected to a pendulum and the ability to work rock by
> traditional methods with skill?
There is no evidence of Moores copper pendulum drag saw or the holes he envisions must have accompanied them and none of the pictures I have shown except for possibly the one lone cut, though unlikely, have anything to do with a drag saw. The bottom picture is clear evidence of a circular saw and there are other examples of circular blade cuts at Abu Roash among others. Egyptologist John Romer says this magic copper drag saw must have had a blade at least 13ft long. It took Stocks 14hrs to cut a depth of 1.2" in Aswan granite using copper saws which means it would take 4 months working 8hrs a day 7 days a week to cut just one 3' x 3' x 3' granite block. He got less then 1"/hr with a copper bow drill on granite but estimates the awesome Egyptians could have gotten as much as a whopping 4-5"/hr. Lehner estimates the Egyptians would have needed hundreds of thousands if not millions of copper chisels requiring "unimaginable" amounts of wood to continuously reshape them and now we are to add hundreds if not thousands of 13ft copper saws to this total? And what about these copper tubular drills that like the pendulum saw no one can find? Hundreds? Thousands? Was there even enough copper in Egypt for one, or wood for that matter, but regardless there would have needed to have been several smelting/manufacturing plants running constantly as well as hundreds if not not thousands of portable smelting stations to reshape the chisels at the work site all of which are no where to be found either.
And why is it the carpentry tool kit is present since pre-dynastic times in relative abundance either physically or pictorially, and yet this same tool kit Egyptologists modify to try and impose on stone working is nowhere to be found? Or how about the imaginary lapidary slabbing saws you have invented for the AE though by your own article they didn't appear in China until 1900-1600BC and used a coiled bronze wire blade? No evidence of those either or Stocks bow drill. The problem is not just that the imaginary tool kit alternative proponents suggest can't be found, its the imaginary tool kit the orthodox have invented for them that is missing as well. Not to mention the copper and wood industry required to make and maintain them.
Sorry to disappoint you, but I am not a proponent of ancient aliens or electric power tools to explain the machining though it is obvious there is more going on here than just copper chisels, bow saws, and sticks and string. At the very least, for a start, they must have used the wheel for various purposes in the construction process and had access to a sufficient amount of bronze tools. Apparently Peitrie agrees "[their tools]... comprised bronze saws over eight feet long, set with jewels, tubular drills similarly set with jewels, and circular saws. " Maybe not jewels, but how about pounded quartz?
The AE, at the least, had extensive trade contact with Mesopotamians prior to Dynastic times and through the OK whom already had the wheel and used bronze tools for a more than 1000yrs before Khufu's time and yet the Egyptians remained magically oblivious to it despite the fact they too had wheels in one form or another as well as bronze artifacts? The Mesopotamians also widely used oxen as beasts of burden well before and during this time as did the Egyptians yet they didn't bother using them when it came to pyramid building? It is impossible they remained willfully ignorant of these technologies and highly likely their introduction in pre-dynastic times by Mesopotamians was a key factor in the explosion of Egyptian stone working in the first place. If all the other higher tools are missing it shouldn't be much of a stretch that these would be absent as well especially the bronze tools which no doubt were costly and highly prized property of the state kept in government stores and one of the first things to be plundered and recycled.
If we add the wheel, beasts of burden, and substitute copper tools for bronze there is much less need to keep pounding a square peg into a round hole as Egyptologists keep doing insisting they must have only used the simplest of copper tools. How many copper chisels does one bronze chisel replace? 10? 100? 1000? How many men are replaced by a gang of oxen? Back breaking pounders that chip inches a day or tripod percussion drills that do 10 times the work with a fraction of the effort? If we accept the obvious, countless thousands of man hours and tons of imaginary wood instantly disappear making an implausible situation, which even then does not account for everything, at least a lot more palatable. No ancient aliens required, just common sense and the acceptance they were not as primitive as you wish them to be. The wheel, bronze, and beasts of burden are still not enough in my opinion, but at least it gets a credible conversation started because any less of a baseline than that is absurd. Just nonsense.
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