Why do you find the amount of work involved in the building of the Great Pyramid overwhelming, but not the pyramids of Sneferu? Sneferu, Khufu's father, moved far more stone. Khufu inherited this infrastructure, and even Sneferu's architect Nefermaat.
Those attributed to Sneferu are indeed impressive and after the Giza complex probably the most sophisticated. Though even amongst orthodoxy there is debate about which ones were actually build by him.
Sure they are impressive and there are also obvious similarities, it's still the Giza complex that goes light years above and beyond.
I am perfectly willing to entertain the orthodox view and chronology as you present it, I just immediately get stuck by the huge gaping holes in the theory. And the more I learn about the available knowledge base the less convincing it becomes. Instead of strengthening the argument it becomes clear just how flimsy, fragmented and full of assumption this knowledge base is.
Nevertheless your presentation of the orthodox view is probably as strong as it can possibly get. The progression from mastaba to step pyramid to proper pyramid etc. I'm not going to deny the strength of the premise as such. On closer inspection it fails to convince because of the sheer amount of assumption, the unanswered questions and there is also a logic defying aspect to it. The ancients spending so much labor and resources on tombs and temples? Because if we are to believe orthodoxy that's basically all they ever build. So much is explained away as having only a ritualistic purpose, having no practical application or function. It makes little sense to me.
For credibility sake it would also help if people would explain how the ancients build things before telling us why they build it.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08-Feb-16 18:04 by Freya.