> 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,
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'.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 25-Nov-15 04:00 by Origyptian.