> So, intrusive burials aren't indicators that they
> believed they had a funerary function?
I've read the dozens of posts that have accumulated here over the past week and I'm still not sure I understand the point of this discussion. I never heard anyone deny that one or more pyramids were "used as tombs" so why go through all that effort? From my perspective, the important question isn't how they might have been "used" at any given time throughout the millennia after they were built; the important question is what the "original intent" was for their initial construction. For that matter, dumpsters have been "used" to house a dead body here and there, but dumpsters certainly weren't designed to be "tombs".
I thought the OP was going to support the notion that the pyramids were originally designed to be tombs, but that's not what you seem to be saying here. You are only making a point that body parts have been found in some ancient monuments in recent centuries. While I don't doubt that certain ancient monuments were used to stash a body here and there over the years, or were used by an adaption society who stumbled upon those monuments which were already ancient in Merenre's time and repurposed them according to the newer society's funerary construct, I see no evidence in the OP video or anywhere else indicating that any of the early cyclopean pyramids were originally designed with a funerary context in mind.
Meanwhile, the lower quality "pyramids" that were attempted centuries later -- many made of mudbrick and have not withstood the test of time as seen by their quick crumbling back to the earth -- can far more logically be interpreted to indicate the failed attempts of an adaption society to mimic the wonders of the ancients. There isn't a single piece of physical evidence that any of the early major pyramids were designed to be tombs.
> fully intact original, contemporary mummies like Merenre?
"...contemporary mummies like Merenre"?
To what other mummies to you refer that were "contemporary" with Merenre? Where is Merenre's mummy today? If it's at the museum, why is it not on display? There is far too much controversy over the true age (and disappearance) of those human remains (some claim the style of mummification is more like circa 14th/15th century BC and not 6th Dynasty) and whether the location in that unfinished (and therefore not secure/intact/unbreached) pyramid might really be merely an "intrusive" burial of a later civilization that repurposed those monments which were ancient even in those days. I know of no evidence that Merenre's demolished "pyramid" was originally designed to be a tomb.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 10-Feb-16 20:43 by Origyptian.