> I didn't realize they were 15 tons, that affects the overall
> picture quite a bit. Petrie talked of how they were almost
> impossible to remove. It's curious that the remaining stones
> are almost dead center on each side. Considering their position
> and difficulty in removing, I'm wondering if what remains are
> the only stones originally there. If there was casing all along
> the base, it would mean the stones that remain were more
> difficult to remove. There must be a reason they made these
> centered stones permanent. See here for a
> showing location of remaining stones. It's a nice diagram
Wow. What an excellent observation Audrey. Its amazing what you can find hiding right there in plain sight. That is curious indeed. The only ones left are at the centers of each face. Hmm. I'm going to have to chew on that one for a while, but you raise an interesting possibility. Brain...starting...to hurt.....
> That's a good question. Wouldn't they shatter as they hit other
> stones on their way down? What good would they be broken in
Tens of thousands of 15 ton bombs falling down the side of a mountain from a height beginning at 481ft. It would be armageddon. Either intermittently a few at a time or in large recurring groups, G1 would have countless gashes and gouges not to mention the pavement below would be destroyed no matter how much sand had built up. And with those weights from that height the destruction would have not only been spread out equally on every face but on the ground extending well beyond the base. It would be interesting to see computer simulations of this. Almost hard to image.
As far as pilfering goes, I fail to see how this makes sense on any level and to take the Arab account of G3 at face value, nearly impossible on the scale of G1. I'm not saying I'm right or wrong about anything, but applying common sense to this problem something is clearly missing which seems to be the casing stones themselves.