> Hi Martin,
> Whoever made the decision to cease work on Menkaure is
To what exactly? It’s certainly relevant to the condition of the complex: why it is as it is.
> The fact is, that Menkaure should reflect an equal or higher
> degree of workmanship than Khufu given the fact that it is
> smaller and the masons had a longer period of construction
> time, as well as the logical assumption that their skills
> should have improved with the construction of the previous
Standards go down as well as up.
> And why would a choice be to use granite and not limestone,
> considering transportation and the extra difficulty in dressing
> that type of stone?
The same question goes for all of the granite at Giza, including the casing (first two courses) of Khafre. Use of granite is not exclusive to Menkaure.
> And mud brick? For a god?
It’s in Reisner:
You need to deal with things as they are, not as you think they must be.