> Very well, let's say that just ONE stone, made of
> granite, weighing 80 tons was quarried,
> transported 600 miles from Aswan, shaped, lifted
> 160' (to the KC) and positioned with great
> precision (virtually undetectable joint with
> adjacent stones. How on earth was that done by the
Good question. If history had no mysteries I would not have spent the last 25yrs of my life traveling all over the world and researching these sites let alone waste my time here.
> Now, let's consider that your citation claims:
> "For the King's chamber granite blocks weighting
> 40 to 50 tons were used". Specifically, Aswan
> granite. How on earth was that done by the
> Now more realistically the traditional
> narrative would have us believe that many dozens
> of granite blocks comprising the Antechamber,
> King's Chamber, and Relieving Chambers, most of
> which are 50-80 tons, shipped from Aswan 600 miles
> to the south, and positioned with great precision
> up there at 160+ feet without access to iron, the
> wheel, the pulley, or turnbuckle. How on earth was
> that done by those same Late Stone
If iron (or bronze), the wheel, and pulley, which I would add the crane as well, were required then it stands to reason this is what the builders had. Not to mention large saws, drills, and lathes. There is no doubt lost technology is on display in Egypt which for me what at least was required would be on par with the Romans.
> I seem to have missed that you meant that the
> dynastics built the southern pits deliberately in
> a different shape than all the other tapered pits,
> and they initially had a different function in
> mind for those 2 rectangular pits, but then for
> whatever reason decided to repurpose those pits as
> boat pits instead. If that makes more sense to
> you, so be it.
I think it would make sense to anyone.
> Respectfully, I think that's a very farfetched
> contrivance to account for those pits.
I stand corrected.
> What other
> possible function might such unique rectangular
> pits have served the OK in that position so close
> to G1 in such prime real estate, every square inch
> of which was surely planned by the royal
> authorities of the time?
Why is always the question of the negative the only "proof" offered of the alternative? The fact is we do not know what, if any, original purpose it may have served in the OK is not "proof" it did not have a purpose which at a later time was converted to another during the same period. And who is to say that was not the plan all along? We don't know.
I think the problem is actually that the southern pits are not "prime real estate". Even though they have Djedefre's name all over the blocks I am not convinced these boats were for Khufu either which may explain the "non-conformity" of the boat pits and also why it's Djedefre's name not Khufu's.
G1's temple and causeway are in the east. The two eastern boat pits, which are actually shaped like boats, sit exactly where one (me anyways) would expect a pharaoh to place his funerary boats- not only symmetrically flanking his temple and the entrance to his supposed "tomb", but also the direction of the rising sun, RA, which the pharaoh would have been resurrected by each day to journey on his solar barque to the heavens. This is the prime real estate, not the southern side.
The fact these boats are found to the south, with no relation to anything as far as I am aware, makes me further believe they were not originally intended as boat pits, but also that the boats found there were not meant for Khufu at all.
What is also interesting to me, though there are early Dynastic boat burials at Saqqara, to my knowledge there are none associated with Djoser's step pyramid or the 3rd Dynasty. If correct, a glaring omission of tradition I would say. Boat burials are suggested to have been found at least until the end of the 2nd Dynasty with some at Abydos attributed to Khasekhemwy, but there is no direct evidence for this and is just as likely they predate him. No boat burials are found directly related to the Bent, Red, or Meidum pyramids either. There is one at Abu Roash (though I do not believe this is a pyramid and is older than the 4th Dynasty), which again we find Djedefre (the first pharaoh to incorporate RE/RA into his name). Despite this apparent gap in tradition, from Giza into the 6th Dynasty there are several boat burials associated with pyramids. I would have to research this further,but it would appear a bit of a "boat burial revival" occurred for some reason during the time of Djedefre. Hmm.
> And what could have
> possibly happened midstream that caused such a
> major decision to relegate those same
> non-conforming pits to suddenly serve as royal
> boat pits?
Maybe it didn't. Personally, I do not believe the great pyramids were built by one pharaoh for one pharaoh nor that construction was started and completed within each pharaoh's reign. Assuming the southern pits were built during the beginnings of construction, by the time it was completed, perhaps a century or two later, not to mention however long after Khufu's death during during Djedefre's reign, these pits may have merely served as a place of opportunity for Djedefre to bury boats.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 13-Sep-16 04:36 by Thanos5150.