> Steve Clayton wrote:
> > 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
> > 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.
Reaching the top work surface of the Pyramid, is no different than reaching the base, where the mortuary temple is. They both require enough power to pull weight along an incline surfaces. The Causeway incline is approx. 4.6 degrees, and the Pyramids incline surface is approx. 62 degrees. It makes no difference to the system, as long as, it has sufficient (water weight) power to overcome both inclines and the (stones) weights involved. For me this concept is easy. Maybe for others it is not. The Funicular system will overcome a 90 degree angle, ie. straight up into the air. As long as the Counterbalance Funicular System has sufficient water weight, it doesn't care if there is 4.6, 58, 62, or 90 degree angle. It will overcome a them all. It is only limited by the size of the vessel holding the water, the causeway strength to endure the weight, and the strength of the ropes. Gravity does the rest.
We are much smarter now, than generally anyone in the past. They just worked with the (art) process, and we do not today. It only required (1) one individual to show and convince others the Funicular system would work. The entire society did not need to be informed, as they were not important to the process.
I'll bet the majority of Egyptians when viewing the Funicular thought is was magic, just as people who once viewed Thomas Edison's electric lights and electricity did.