> ...when I say "all of the
> evidence" it is hardly limited to "just" the
> several hundred papyri fragments and a "few
> painted blocks in the front yard":
> "After three campaigns of excavations since
> 2011, thirteen of the thirty storage galleries
> have been fully cleared. Three of them contained
> practically undisturbed archaeological remains
> such as a very large deposit of several dozens of
> large locally made storage jars, which probably
> served as water containers (ﬁg. 9)..."
So, out of 30 galleries up to 100m long, a mere "several dozens" of "large" storage jars were retrieved which occupied maybe a few square foot of space (when originally intact). This is hardly evidence of provenance of the galleries or of any major construction project.
> "...Those jars have also received almost always an inscription in
> red ink indicating their destination (see Tallet,
> Marouard, and Laisney 2012, pp. 418–20, ﬁg.
> 25). Inscribed on the upper part of the jars prior
> to their ﬁring, three recurring formulas
> invariably name teams who worked on the site
> (ﬁg. 5). Other excavated galleries seem to have
> been assigned to the conservation of parts of
> disassembled boats, including long hull pieces cut
> into logs of cedar from Lebanon...."
No reference specifically to G1 or any major construction project. No evidence of the provenance of the construction of any of those 30 galleries. Note the reference to "cedar from Lebanon" and no mention of any significant wooden boat parts made of acacia (e.g., as cited by Herodotus).
> "...All of the galleries seem to have been dug at the
> same time and the debris from this digging
> activity was used to level the natural slope and
> create a functional platform in front of the
> entrances. On this ﬁrst terrace several levels
> of occupation have been found which are
> contemporary to the functioning of the galleries.
> They are characterized by ﬁreplaces and
> signiﬁcant accumulations of ashes and organic
"Several level of occupation" suggest repeated repurposing by each subsequent occupant. "Contemporary to the functioning" of the galleries" doesn't mean contemporary to the "original construction" of the galleries. Hence, a distinct possibility of adaption.
> "...During the ﬁnal phase of occupation
> of the site, the ﬁnal closing of the galleries
> necessitated a major work operation. On this
> occasion several large quadrangular blocks of
> limestone weighing several tons – a size worthy
> of the pyramid builders – were used to frame a
> kind of access ramp on both sides of the entrance
> (ﬁg. 11). Each gallery was then ﬁnally closed
> by one large limestone block placed in the axis of
> their entrances, which was dragged ter the last
> closure of the galleries but before the
> deﬁnitive abandonment of the site..."
He goes into detail about the "final closing" but mentions absolutely nothing about the "initial opening" of the galleries. Hence, the distinct possibility of adaption.
> "...Hundreds of
> wood fragments and wood shavings, which indicate
> an operation of recarving, in addition to the
> presence of tenons in acacia used for ﬁxing
> parts of the hull, as well as numerous fragments
> of oars or parts of deck ﬁt-tings and various
> sections of ropes provide good evidence for the
> presence of boats that were stored in pieces in
> these galleries (ﬁg. 10). They were probably
> stored here according to a process identical to
> that found at Ayn Sukhna for a boat from the late
> Middle Kingdom (see Pomey 2012)...."
"Wood fragments", "wood shavings", "recarving", "fragments of oars", "sections of ropes" -- all speak to the possibility of repurposing previously shaped parts, ergo, adaption. Tallet has little basis to presume something was "probably" used for this or that purpose vs. other "possible" purposes supported by that evidence such as minor construction projects related to restoration, repair, and relatively small ancillary structures, perhaps even the rectangular boat pits -- note the earlier reference to "cedar from Lebanon".
> ...all can read about it HERE.
Tallet's several articles on el-Jarf are excellent reading in what they do...and don't...say.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 13-Sep-16 04:03 by Origyptian.