> Sounds like you're describing water locks. But
> your description is so vague it's hard to tell.
Most assuredly not. The counterweight fell from 80' to 0' over and over again (~5,250,000 times). Day in and day out the counterweights fell 80' to the ground.
But the other end of the rope attached to the counterweights could lift a boat of stones 80' up any of the five steps of the pyramid. Every stone was lifted one step at a time. it was first lifted to the top of the first step, then it was lifted again by a separate fall of the counterweight to 160' and this was repeated until it found its place.
> Does that mean Nephthys was water or a ramp?
"Nephthys" was the "natural phenomenon of the part of the funicular that held stones". She went to and fro and always maintained maat with her harmonious sister, isis, who oversaw the counterweight. Nephthys delivered stones to the builders as the "basket of the house of life". Her name means "house basket" and her crown depicts a house basket. She was literally (from modern perspective) a house basket. The stones in her house basket became a house; the house of life.
> I seem to recall Lehner talking about stones found
> along the causeway. Something about inscriptions
> and what sounds like putting a puzzle together.
> Without taking a close look at their evidence for
> an enclosed causeway, I don't see how it can be
I've tried to take a close look at the evidence.
The evidence is far too ephemeral for a close look.
And, did I mention, I don't care that much how they got the cladding stones from the valley port to the Great Saw Palace. I would very much like to have an answer to this specific question but I've been at this long enough to know Egyptology has nothing on this or much of anything else. They simply don't gather evidence. It actually appears that evidence is being destroyed and lost by Egyptology faster than it is being gathered.
If you want to complain about the lack of facts I'm not the one to whom to complain. I've been a proponent for getting Egyptologists off Giza for years now. How long have I had my sig-line? I think it was 2009. They are afraid of the pyramid and so long as they are don't look for data. Don't expect any science.
> Following that logic, we would have to say that
> they didn't have the pulley either, since it's
> also not found in monument or text.
Take a good look at the dm-sceptre. It's represented by a staff with a sine wave in it.
Expecting to find a huge bronze pulley used to build G1 is unreasonable. This device was obsolete and extremely valuable.
And AGAIN, they could have used a rounded greased stone like the one at the top of the grand gallery for all I care. The builders thought things were suspended from dm-sceptres. It's not my fault the Pyramid Texts aren't illustrated. Even if they were though Egyptologists might have corrected the drawings.