> I agree. As long as there was pre-planning involved, why not
> use gravity to always assist your efforts, verses working
> against you. You would always want to slid down a stone down
> into place, and use levers to snug it tight. That would require
> we build to a slightly higher staging area, unload the cargo,
> and slide as much as possible, down into place.
> Now that is a design challenge. If the stones arrive by
> Funicular power, and you simply unload them, by sliding them
> off and down into position, what construction method, would
> that look like?
> It would not be one large level floor.
Maybe something like a basalt pad. ;)
I believe they used several means to move stones on low friction horizontal surfaces. The so-called "boat pits" were probably actually pits for boats... ...actual boats with sails unfurled to catch the wind and ropes to transfer their motion to stones in the "Great Saw Palace" which we mistakingly call the mortuary temple. Of course, this might not prove to be true but if it isn't there's a good chance they used other means for these light duty moves and were powered by wind or water. There's a lot of infrastructure around here and I'm hardly certain I've identified the function of all of it and I am certain I don't know exactly how it all went together. These are all questions that could be answered with modern science and data, I believe. We may not be smarter than the builders but, by God, we sure have a lot more technology. We really oughtta use it.