> So, the answer to my query about what would satisfy you as the required
> "evidence" boils down to .......what you "consider"?
Wow, did someone steal Corpuscles' login and post these phantom comments in his name? Will the real Corpuscles please stand up?
Seriously, I'm only talking about the physical evidence. Period.
Please don't force this into a conjecture or opinion piece.
Where is the evidence that the Romans hewn, shaped, and finished the columns while still at the quarry in Egypt?
Meanwhile, how do we reconcile the clear contradictions against the notion that those columns were hewn, shaped, and finished while still at the quarry in Egypt?
I've described several aspects of the physical evidence that contradict the notion that those blocks were quarried in Egypt by the Romans:
Those so-called quarries have been described to be self-contained communities complete with bath houses, schools, women, children, rather than industrial quarry outposts, suggesting the columns remaining there today were part of that community's infrastructure.
The columns remaining in Egypt (at Mons) are completely hewn, shaped, and polished rather than being rough prototypes ready for shipping to a prestaging area at the site of construction where the final shaping/polishing of the surfaces in the finished product was done. Is there any logical explanation of why the construction engineers would take such an unnecessary risk with the final product?
All of the columns we see at the "quarry" today were completely finished and polished. None remain only partially quarried, partially shaped, or partially finished. Hardly evidence that the quarry was abandoned. We do see some signs of wedge splitting, but nothing resembling a partially hewn column.
There is evidence that the Romanesque architecture at those "quarries" is the result of repurposing pre-existing structures that may be far older.
There is no clear explanation regarding why Hadrian required columns to be brought in from Egypt instead of simply tapping the granite quarries in Italy, and that supports the hypothesis that he did so because those columns were already finished in earlier times and were sitting there for the taking by the Roman Empire.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?