> Audrey Wrote:
> The point (I take it) is that the arrangement of
> rooms and passages served to hide and protect
> something and no better candidate than tomb
> has been offered.
> Perhaps you’d like to offer one?
The point is that you focus on the box, believing the purpose of the pyramid centers on the box. Rather than seeing the box as an accessory, you see it as the main event. This viewpoint has no basis in fact.
I do not have a need to possess all answers and pronounce them to this board. There is not enough evidence to have an opinion as to the purpose of the boxes.
> Both sarcophagi were both built into their
> respective pyramids; evidently the builders
> considered them essential to the function of each
> They both have what could be called a one-shot,
> one-way locking mechanism: close once and never
> open again. Perhaps something other than a
> sarcophagus would have such a lock, but I can’t
> think what, and you certainly haven’t offered an
> alternative suggestion.
Off the top of my head, biohazard and nuclear waste disposal. Why should I offer an alternative, I'm still gathering info. But that is good info Stower, I'm surprised.
> The way Khafre’s sarcophagus is let into the
> floor is another indication that it wasn’t
> intended to be opened again. It’s far from
> unique in this respect: a similar arrangement is
> found in other tombs, including one of the
> satellite pyramids of Menkaure’s pyramid.
You have made an observation on physical attributes, none of which speaks of a coffin. I would say the design does not necessarily indicate "that it wasn't intended to be opened again". It could indicate it was meant to resist certain forces from without or within.
> Khafre’s tomb chamber also has a small pit in
> the floor, resembling the canopic pit or chest
> found in other pyramids and tombs. Belzoni
> included it in his drawing of the chamber, long
> before its function was recognised. The
> resemblance is striking when the floor plans of
> Khafre’s tomb chamber and later pyramid tomb
> chambers are set side by side—a comparision
> presented in Aidan Dodson’s book on royal
Seeing a resemblance is an observation, it is not evidence of burial. It is a good observation, but still does not tell us what the purpose was. There is a certain inability to view the boxes objectively, without attaching 'context'.
> The Khufu and Khafre sarcophagi are the right SIZE
> for sarchophagi; the surviving sarcophagi in the
> satellite pyramids, attributed to the Queens of
> the Pharaohs, are slightly smaller, consistent
> with greater male stature.
There are many men vertically challenged. Certain races are on the short side, some on the taller. Some adolescents are taller than their peers. It is not proof of a woman's coffin, it's conjecture. I would say it speaks of a predominately white culture that views men as being larger and stronger.
> The sarcophagi are uninscribed, but this is hardly
> indicative: Egyptian sarcophagi underwent a
> definite stylistic development, from plain,
> uninscribed boxes to the elaborate, inscribed,
> anthropoid sarcophagi of later times. Even Unas,
> the first Pharaoh to have the Pyramid Texts
> inscribed on the walls of his tomb chamber, had an
> uninscribed sarcophagus, similar in design to
> The sarcophagi are in pyramids in the middle of
> Old Kingdom cemeteries. Stylistically, they’re
> Old Kingdom sarcophagi; built into their
> respective pyramids, they anchor them firmly to
> that context.
No way Jose. An equally valid context would be sarcophagi in craftsmanship are incongruent with surrounding cemeteries showing the boxes were reused by a culture who didn't know what else to do with them.
> The design, material and placement of the
> sarcophagi suggest that they were the last line of
> defence for some important content, consistent
> with the other security arrangements found in
> these pyramids. I wonder what that content might
> have been?
I wouldn't say a last line of defense. The larger pyramids may be considered a last line of defense as they have fared better than the boxes. The boxes are not the sacred relic on an altar enshrined in a sacred church. Egyptology views a pyramid as some sort of cathedral containing a holy relic. This emphasis is misplaced IMO.