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Dr. Troglodyte Wrote:
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> 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.

Would you mind clarifying what you are referring to as "problematic"?

You seem to accept that there was a prism stone in place. I contend there was never any such thing as a prism stone because it is non-existent except for the al Mamoun legend which his father parlayed into Night #398 in 1001 Nights.

There are no first-hand reports of such a stone, there is no record of al Mamoun offering his own description or drawing of it, there is no rubble existing today that's thought to have been part of it, and no one can postulate how such a stone could have been retrofitted into the two grossly insufficiently small sockets on the east and west walls, e.g., after the royal funeral.

What I find to be problematic based on the physical evidence, is the notion that there was ever a prism stone in that socket. By what logic does anyone believe the builders would put such visually conspicuous granite there to plug the AP as a security mechanism and then try to hide it with a block of limestone affixed into that socket in such a flimsy way?

Rather, a far more logical explanation of what we see there today is that al Mamoun walked into the original Main Entrance, noticed the granite plug, assumed it blocked a passage heading upwards to the south, and so he excavated through the far software limestone starting a few feet farther down the DP, first hacking his way upward and then along the plugs until he found open space in the AP. In his visit to the GG, QC and KC he may have found valuable materials too large and heavy to bring them back out the way he came in, and so he excavated his way out, straight through to the north and ended at what was then 'ground level'.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 25-Nov-15 04:00 by Origyptian.

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Removable plugs on purpose 2683 Open mind 21-Nov-15 17:11
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Re: Removable plugs on purpose 663 cladking 21-Nov-15 21:04
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 743 Open mind 21-Nov-15 23:26
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 741 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 00:53
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 826 Corpuscles 22-Nov-15 11:32
Pragmatic Semantics 875 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 18:18
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 655 Open mind 22-Nov-15 17:30
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 680 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 18:45
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 743 Open mind 23-Nov-15 21:22
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 654 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 21:32
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 664 Open mind 23-Nov-15 22:27
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 691 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 22:39
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 602 cladking 23-Nov-15 22:39
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 681 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 22:53
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 639 Dr. Troglodyte 24-Nov-15 16:25
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 774 Open mind 24-Nov-15 19:06
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 709 cladking 24-Nov-15 19:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 763 Open mind 24-Nov-15 20:30
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 543 cladking 24-Nov-15 20:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 686 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 21:31
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 589 cladking 24-Nov-15 22:33
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 703 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 20:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 681 Open mind 24-Nov-15 20:49
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 637 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:02
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 642 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 649 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 20:51
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 657 cladking 22-Nov-15 20:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 694 Origyptian 22-Nov-15 16:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 692 Open mind 22-Nov-15 18:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 747 Open mind 22-Nov-15 20:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 666 cladking 22-Nov-15 21:08
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 649 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 18:38
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 565 cladking 24-Nov-15 19:54
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 626 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 20:59
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 711 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:35
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 639 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:38
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 676 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 642 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:22
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 601 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 21:43
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 612 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:55
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 602 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 615 cladking 24-Nov-15 22:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 736 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 644 Jon Ellison 27-Nov-15 18:29
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 694 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:22
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 673 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 637 cladking 25-Nov-15 00:01
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 763 Martin Stower 27-Nov-15 16:25
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 541 cladking 28-Nov-15 00:04
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 676 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 00:43
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 604 cladking 28-Nov-15 01:13
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 698 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 02:03
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 605 cladking 28-Nov-15 02:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 789 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 13:40
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 635 cladking 28-Nov-15 15:16
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 731 Brian Patterson 28-Nov-15 15:45
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 598 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 20:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 620 Merrell 28-Nov-15 21:39
According to Archae... 612 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 22:09
Re: According to Archae... 610 Merrell 28-Nov-15 22:54
Re: According to Archae... 623 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 22:58
Re: According to Archae... 643 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 23:11
Mindset 660 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 23:36
Re: Mindset 655 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 23:49
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Re: Mindset 665 Merrell 29-Nov-15 22:49
Re: Mindset 492 cladking 29-Nov-15 23:03
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Re: Mindset 615 Martin Stower 29-Nov-15 23:31
Re: Mindset 681 Thanos5150 29-Nov-15 23:46
Re: According to Archae... 694 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 23:28
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 585 cladking 28-Nov-15 23:13
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 486 cladking 28-Nov-15 01:21
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 648 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 743 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 23:19
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 638 cladking 24-Nov-15 23:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 638 Martin Stower 25-Nov-15 00:10
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 758 Dr. Troglodyte 25-Nov-15 00:42
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 688 Jon Ellison 25-Nov-15 01:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 665 Open mind 25-Nov-15 04:05
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 628 Jon Ellison 25-Nov-15 07:03
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 656 Open mind 25-Nov-15 13:18
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 522 Open mind 25-Nov-15 13:37
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 710 Open mind 25-Nov-15 03:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 746 Origyptian 25-Nov-15 03:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 731 Dr. Troglodyte 25-Nov-15 16:25
Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 722 Howard West 29-Nov-15 16:48
Re: Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 684 Origyptian 30-Nov-15 04:57
Re: Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 553 Howard West 30-Nov-15 16:07
Old Posters seem to act like the Caliph Omar 666 Howard West 30-Nov-15 17:11
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 619 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 17:17
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 590 Howard West 30-Nov-15 18:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 571 cladking 30-Nov-15 21:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 607 Origyptian 01-Dec-15 04:56
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 696 Brian Patterson 01-Dec-15 17:10
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 638 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 21:54
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 615 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 22:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 675 Howard West 30-Nov-15 23:01
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 610 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 23:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 662 Howard West 01-Dec-15 02:34
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 737 Howard West 01-Dec-15 22:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 713 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Dec-15 00:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 610 Brian Patterson 02-Dec-15 00:29
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 704 Howard West 02-Dec-15 03:46
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 642 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Dec-15 21:04
some people just need lots of pictures 928 Howard West 03-Dec-15 02:12


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