> Audrey wrote:
> > 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
> 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
Yes, well done Audrey; a brilliant observation.
I (along with several others here, I suspect) am now mentally kicking myself for not seeing this for myself.
I think that if we now add to Audrey’s point the line or groove (known as Borchardt’s Line) that runs underneath the casing stones within 35 or so millimetres of the centre of the north side (and thus marking the base’s N-S axis?), and the enigmatic corner sockets (one of which is almost just a series of grooves cut into the pavement), then we could be looking at parts of the Pyramid’s surveyors reference points, markers or whatever is the correct term.
In a previous post to this thread [www.grahamhancock.com]
Diodorus Siculus described the Giza pyramids’ casing stones as, ‘complete and without the least decay’.
On G1 he wrote, ‘… it is built entirely of solid stone, of a different workmanship, but eternal duration; for in the thousands of years said to have elapsed since their construction . . . the stones have not moved from their original position, but the whole remains uninjured.’
Herodotus wrote of G1, ‘It is composed of polished stones and jointed with the greatest exactness.’*
Now, if G1 was missing a substantial number of its casing stones at the times Diodorus Siculus and Herodotus were in Egypt (1st Century B. C. and 5th Century B. C. respectively) wouldn’t these Greek historians have said so?
I am now wondering if I am reading into the accounts by Herodotus and Diodorus Siculus more than they were saying, and GI was not finished with casing stones after all.
I now recall, somewhat vaguely, that it has been suggested that Herodotus never visited Giza.
Post Edited (21-Jun-15 11:40)
So few answers - and not one of them mine.