> Problem is.. Why would he then have painted it sideways from top to bottom.
> This along with other issues seems to present a whole firing squad of smoking guns.
Yep, that appears to be the clincher - if the cartouche was painted by the masons, then it would have been done at the shop so that when the block was placed in situ, the cartouche appeared rotated, as we see it there today.
But if the plaster was done in situ (which the evidence suggest it was), then the fact that the cartouche is OVER the plaster means they would have had to draw it sideways in situ which makes no sense since there was plenty of room for them to with the glyphs vertically (either with a vertical or horizontal text flow).
Therefore, this is a very strong suggestion that the gang-cartouche string is indeed fraudulent.
Of course, all of this presumes that the path from Davison to the upper 4 RCs really was COMPLETELY solid rock before Vyse got there and that there wasn't a smaller, narrower pathway up to those higher chambers that Vyse and his European cronies couldn't fit through but perhaps which a far smaller, ancient mason, maintenance worker...or pillager...COULD fit through!
I often wondered why months of constant gun powder blasts in that one area didn't cause more damage in and around those blocks if they truly were blasting through solid masonry.
And why would the builders construct a formal path ONLY to Davison's and not the other RCs?