> YOU are being very irresponsible to claim the
> Galleries were pillaged when, in fact, they were not.
> ('Not sealed' does NOT mean 'pillaged'.)
> Get real, you are not giving him ANY credit.
Sorry, but it appears that you are the one misrepresenting what Tallet, et al. wrote.
First you insisted that those galleries were "UNBREACHED" when Tallet, Wilkinson, and Bissey never reported a single sealed gallery; only openly accessible galleries were reported. Tallet reported moving only a single block a few cm so that he could document the painted glyphs on that block. As far as I can tell, no investigator has ever reported observing any gallery being sealed by those blocks or that any block had to be moved in order to gain entry into any gallery.
Then you say there's no proof of pillaging when Tallet clearly describes what he considers to be evidence of structural elements that originally had been installed, such as columns, support wedges, and shelving, which are no longer there but which originally fit into recesses and grooves into the bedrock of those galleries which he described as having since been degraded by more "recent looting". He also describes broken pieces of wood and pottery that were "reused" as components within filler cement/mortar, presumably after the active life of the gallery -- hint: You don't cement multi-ton blocking stones into place when it's allegedly a "short-term storage" facility; and why cement it shut if there's nothing valuable remaining inside? Tellet also shows photographs of boat wood that's reused to form slide tracks at the entrance of at least one gallery; so where's the rest of the boat? Not to mention the charred boat found at one gallery; it's unlikely the boat was burned contemporary while those galleries were active as part of an active harbor operation. And let's not forget that the galleries at el-Jarf are 5km inland from the harbor; how would late Stone Agers possibly use such galleries as part of a harbor operation when they're so far inland without the use of wheeled carts and over such hilly terrain? The Bedouin and other nomads are know to have dwelled in the deserts in many parts of Sinai and surrounding areas since the end of the OK. They were hostile to pharaonic rule. They incessantly harassed the Romans in the "fort" settlements at the so-called quarries up in the mountains of that Eastern Desert, taking as much as they could from those settlements (several ostraca describe bribes of iron given to the Bedouin by the Romans to keep the peace). But all that aside, what we see there are basically narrow, long caves that were deliberately hewn into a fairly consistent rectilinear geometry with no direct evidence of provenance, some bearing recesses and additional internal masonry embedded into the flooring indicating prior installed fixtures, appliances, and/or support structures that are no longer there, along with so-called multi-ton "blocking stones" found outside in a pattern of disarray at the entrance (more evidence of looting with great conviction), where we also see tattered papyrii lost in the ground rubble, and broken pieces of wood identified as former parts of boats used as a makeshift slideway. I interpret that as clear evidence supporting the possibility of pillaging.
You claim I'm "not giving Tallet any credit" which suggests you might not be fully comprehending his papers and these posts. I've given Tallet the same respectful credit I give to Lehner and many other orthodox investigators: Excellent reporting of data, but I often disagree with the conclusions they draw from that data. On the other hand, your claim - that Tallet found unbreached and unpillaged galleries - is not supported by his published observations.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 26-Sep-16 14:37 by Origyptian.