> No, not moot at all. Of paramount importance
> actually as a "royal burial" is not to mean just a
> "body" and a bunch of "stuff"- it's the reliefs,
> paintings, and writings all over the walls
> required by AE religion that are missing as well
> which is the strongest case against the idea they
> intended to inter an actual person. The pharaoh
> needs these things in the afterlife no different
> than anyone else and because of his station would
> be afforded the greatest examples yet instead we
> have nothing. Not even a name on a sarcophagus,
> also required by AE religion. Compare the interior
> of the pyramids to the mastabas of their
> time-there is zero reason to expect any less of
> the pharaohs tomb if not more so.
The reliefs, paintings, and writings all over the walls aren't missing but located in the mortuary temple of the pyramid-COMPLEX. If you take the pyramid out of the pyramid-complex when comparing them to mastabas it goes without saying that you won't find them. The mortuary temple is the royal version of the chapel found in or attached to the mastaba.
Inscriptions on sarcophagi are not very common in the OK and when they occur they record only the owner's name and titles. Most sarcophagi are still "blank"; a name is not required by AE religion.
In fact reliefs,paintings, and writings all over the walls in mastabas aren't required by AE religion either;
near the end of Sneferu's reign decoration of the chapel's was reduced, no more scenes of crafsmen and farmers. At the beginning of Khufu's reign decoration is still more reduced; at Giza the only decorated piece is an offering stela placed in the offering chapel. Only few tombs have more decoration such as decorated door-jambs. All tomb equipment was reduced to the bare essentials. Shortly after or maybe even at near the end of Khufu's reign mastabas were being richly decorated with reliefs once more and provided with full statues.
I recommend the book Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt by Wolfram Grajetzki, London, 2003 for anyone interested; focus is on the private tombs, not the royal ones.