> Maybe we have to forgive Petrie for not mentioning plaster in
> the fifth chamber, He may simply not have seen it . Oil Lamp.
> Old man getting tired etc..
> The Dowell photos confirm that there is plaster in the fifth
> chamber today.
Agreed. I didn't mean to imply I didn't think there was any plaster in the upper chamber; I only was pointing out that the previous post was about Petrie's comments on the specific locations of plaster in the 2nd chamber and that his specific comments about directions and markings don't apply to Campbell's.
> I have difficulty in imagining that the builders would have
> applied plaster or whitewash prior to construction..
It might depend on WHAT the plaster really was before it aged a few millennia, and also WHY they were coating the stone. Perhaps they wanted to ensure a pressure seal (air, water, etc.) and had to coat certain regions of the stone before placing it. I'm still haunted about the "black powder" found in the lower chamber(s). Could it have been a decomposed rubber seal? I find it hard to believe there isn't still SOME remnant of that black dust hidden deep into the cracks and crevasses waiting for someone to extract, analyze, and date the organic material!
I wonder if anyone has ever actually analyzed the composition of the "plaster" found in those rafters.
> Why did the builders make cosmetic repairs to a chamber that
> was to be sealed for eternity??
> And if it was a cosmetic repair why did they just smear and
> dollop the plaster on??
I believe this is one of the pivotal issues surrounding the entire GP enigma along with the Granite Plugs (and the "Prism Stone" cavity), block displacement localized to the vicinity of the KC, the Antechamber, the 26 pair of complex sockets along the GG ramps, the "missing" floor at the base of the GG, the Pit, and the Well Shaft (among several others).
> The defects obviously appeared after construction.
> How did the repair team gain access to the chambers to identify
> and repair the defects.??
It makes one wonder whether RC2-RC5 were REALLY as totally blocked as Vyse would have us believe.
> I understood that the Vyse team were the first in there since
> the day it was sealed during construction. care of Gunpowder..
> To avoid going around in circles can we just address the
> plaster and whitewash issue for now.
> Stick to the empirical evidence and try to create a timeline..
> for building and repairs/plastering.
> Don't even think about paint yet.