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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 2717 Open mind 21-Nov-15 17:11
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Re: Removable plugs on purpose 686 cladking 21-Nov-15 21:04
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 778 Open mind 21-Nov-15 23:26
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 765 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 00:53
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 847 Corpuscles 22-Nov-15 11:32
Pragmatic Semantics 904 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 18:18
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 685 Open mind 22-Nov-15 17:30
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 703 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 18:45
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Re: Removable plugs on purpose 673 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 21:32
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Re: Removable plugs on purpose 709 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 22:39
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 623 cladking 23-Nov-15 22:39
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 703 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 22:53
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 656 Dr. Troglodyte 24-Nov-15 16:25
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 801 Open mind 24-Nov-15 19:06
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 733 cladking 24-Nov-15 19:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 786 Open mind 24-Nov-15 20:30
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 564 cladking 24-Nov-15 20:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 704 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 21:31
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 611 cladking 24-Nov-15 22:33
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 721 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 20:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 712 Open mind 24-Nov-15 20:49
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 660 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:02
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 669 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 671 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 20:51
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 676 cladking 22-Nov-15 20:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 725 Origyptian 22-Nov-15 16:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 727 Open mind 22-Nov-15 18:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 774 Open mind 22-Nov-15 20:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 684 cladking 22-Nov-15 21:08
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 672 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 18:38
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 586 cladking 24-Nov-15 19:54
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 648 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 20:59
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 736 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:35
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 657 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:38
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 701 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 662 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:22
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 623 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 21:43
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 637 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:55
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 626 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 637 cladking 24-Nov-15 22:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 760 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 666 Jon Ellison 27-Nov-15 18:29
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 718 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:22
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 693 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 661 cladking 25-Nov-15 00:01
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 786 Martin Stower 27-Nov-15 16:25
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 566 cladking 28-Nov-15 00:04
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 698 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 00:43
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 624 cladking 28-Nov-15 01:13
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 719 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 02:03
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 626 cladking 28-Nov-15 02:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 813 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 13:40
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 655 cladking 28-Nov-15 15:16
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 754 Brian Patterson 28-Nov-15 15:45
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 618 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 20:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 640 Merrell 28-Nov-15 21:39
According to Archae... 640 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 22:09
Re: According to Archae... 631 Merrell 28-Nov-15 22:54
Re: According to Archae... 646 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 22:58
Re: According to Archae... 663 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 23:11
Mindset 678 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 23:36
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Re: Mindset 682 Origyptian 30-Nov-15 04:47
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Re: Mindset 638 Martin Stower 29-Nov-15 23:31
Re: Mindset 705 Thanos5150 29-Nov-15 23:46
Re: According to Archae... 720 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 23:28
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 608 cladking 28-Nov-15 23:13
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 505 cladking 28-Nov-15 01:21
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 668 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 769 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 23:19
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 665 cladking 24-Nov-15 23:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 656 Martin Stower 25-Nov-15 00:10
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 780 Dr. Troglodyte 25-Nov-15 00:42
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 708 Jon Ellison 25-Nov-15 01:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 695 Open mind 25-Nov-15 04:05
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 649 Jon Ellison 25-Nov-15 07:03
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 684 Open mind 25-Nov-15 13:18
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 548 Open mind 25-Nov-15 13:37
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 733 Open mind 25-Nov-15 03:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 770 Origyptian 25-Nov-15 03:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 756 Dr. Troglodyte 25-Nov-15 16:25
Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 747 Howard West 29-Nov-15 16:48
Re: Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 708 Origyptian 30-Nov-15 04:57
Re: Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 575 Howard West 30-Nov-15 16:07
Old Posters seem to act like the Caliph Omar 693 Howard West 30-Nov-15 17:11
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 651 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 17:17
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 621 Howard West 30-Nov-15 18:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 594 cladking 30-Nov-15 21:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 629 Origyptian 01-Dec-15 04:56
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 719 Brian Patterson 01-Dec-15 17:10
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 658 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 21:54
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 635 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 22:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 702 Howard West 30-Nov-15 23:01
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 633 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 23:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 686 Howard West 01-Dec-15 02:34
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 758 Howard West 01-Dec-15 22:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 738 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Dec-15 00:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 628 Brian Patterson 02-Dec-15 00:29
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 734 Howard West 02-Dec-15 03:46
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 667 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Dec-15 21:04
some people just need lots of pictures 965 Howard West 03-Dec-15 02:12


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