Addressing the practicality of ‘removing and replacing’ the “Granite Plugs”, please consider the following image from Lehner’s The Complete Pyramids, page 40. This sketch of “Al-Mamun’s Breach” and “Robbers’ tunnel” has been modified to indicate the approximate location (Red X and Arrow) of the viewpoint from which the next two images, as published from John and Morton Edgar’s early 20th-century explorations, were taken.
In the image below, what remains of the topmost Granite Plug (GP) [some two feet missing, per Petrie] is visible just to the left of the climber, in situ within the Ascending Passage (AP).
The second image shows John Edgar crouching inside of the AP. Note how tightly nested the middle stone is relative to the roof of the passageway.
Given that prior to the excavated Tunnel and the collapse of the “prismatic stone” [see Tompkins, page 9], there was no visible, working, access to the nearly 7 ton Granite Plugs except for an approximately 100 foot sloping shaft (from one report, also filled with an unknown number of limestone plugs) [Tompkins, page 10], some 3 feet wide by 4 feet high. The possibility of traversing within the confinement of this space and moving anything of consequence is, at best, problematic.
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