> I want to clarify: Are you separating Giza's
> pyramids from the rest? Are they the only one's
> that qualify as 'great'?
Djoser's Pyramid is a great pyramid as defined by its size, type, and preservation. While all great pyramids are stepped only Djoser's Pyramid started out as a mastaba. Mastabas really are tombs so logically Djoser's Pyramid may have been a tomb as well or initially intended as a tomb.
All great pyramids are stepped because they needed these "stairways" to lift stones. They needed a place from which to work. No great pyramid was intended as a tomb with the possible exception of Djoser's. It will require testing and science to make such determinations.
> When you've covered all of the reports from the
> Giza cemetery you'd say differently. :)
They haven't done the testing. They haven't done the sampling and experiments. It took them decades just to do an infrared sacan and now they are sitting on the results. They are ignoring the biggest rediscovery in centuries just 63' south of the NE corner. There are more anomalies being ignored daily and they still don't seem to be doing any systematic science whatsoever. Placing muon detectors without consideration of past results is just throwing technology haphazardly at the pyramid. And when something sticks they ignore it and walk away.
Nobody believed they were tombs until modern times. Even Herodotus said that Khufu wasn't buried in the pyramid. Now the concept of tombs and ramps are integrated right into meaning of what it means to be an Egyptologist.
> I think it'a more important the stones are there,
> as opposed to how they got there.
This would only be true if the stones could have been moved by primitive bumpkins. They could not have. Therefore how the stones got there is relevant and it is relevant that Egyptologists just brush it all off as "they mustta used ramps". Without this belief they'd have to take a much harder look at their belief in tombs.
> And they weren't just tombs. This is a key
Yes. Egyptological beliefs are quite complex as a result of their misunderstanding of the PT.
The pyramids were not "resurrection machines" or tombs. They had no funerary function. They were an extension of the primeval mound which built itself and then the pyramid. It was built as a stairway with each step being 81' 3" which is exactly the height of heaven because "3b3w" means "heaven" and is the height of the water's crown. They were built as the ka of the king such that he might be remembered and thus protect the people forever.
The gods built the pyramid so there was no need to have some fantastic cause such as the king's tomb. Pyramid construction didn't require 20% of GNP because it built itself. It required perhaps as little as 2% of their total wealth making it quite reasonable to undertake it during peak growing season. Thousands of men weren't baking in the sun, hundreds sat in the shade and tended the equipment.
> Then you'll need to cite where they explicitly
> sated, "This is not a tomb." Not your
> interpretation of what they saw the pyramid as.
They said the king's tomb is in the sky. They said this over and over in many different ways. They said it coherently and consistently and they said it such that it agrees with modern scientific theory.