> Not quite. :) I fully read your post and was going
> through completing a detailed reply, but when I
> came to your statement upon which you had no
> interest in material specifically imperative to
> discussing our topic, I thought "What, then, would
> be the point of discussing said material?"
I apologize for the confusion and the accusation. Every side needs a hearing and this especially applies to Egyptology since it is state of the art. I do find it difficult to read some Egyptological writing because it is largely opinion and written as opinion. In some instances almost every fact presented will be some arcane or incidental fact that has little bearing on the opinion in which I have no interest. Of course writing styles vary and the way information is presented varies.
> Or, randomly selected, try
I started this last night and will probably work on it a little more at least. I've "read" the entire series
on the mastabas so I doubt there's anything here I've not seen. Some of the most important observations about pyramid building comes straight out of these graves. It's painfully obvious, for instance, that Giza and especially the "builders cemetery" would be overrepresented by pyramid builders. But when you look for titles consistent with being a pyramid builder you'll find very very few; even in the builders cemetery!!!
There is probably a very simple reason for this. We misunderstand how the pyramid was built so we don't recognize the titles. The builders are right there before our eyes but we can't see them because we even misunderstand something so simple as a man's title!!! As just one example we imagine they saw the worls exactly like we do, from outside and from infinite distance. We look for quarry workers and there are none. We wouldn't recognize them even if they were there because the builders saw everything from the inside so there was no quarry that produced stone there was a hole left when the stone was removed. There was no quarry only the feminine concept of the hole that was left; "tayet". But as I said there are no "workers of tayet" because this is looking at it from the outside again which they didn't do very often. What they had were "sculptors" who produced the stones (horuses) that flew like the fledglings of swallows thus creating tayet and the ka of the king.
This is why they buried "The Chief of Sculptors" and not one single "quarrymen". They buried "Boat Operators" and Overseers of Canals". They buried "Weigher/ Reckoners" and "W3g-Priests". All the jobs are represented but they still never buried a stone dragger or ramp builder.