> Why are the small patch stones in the AP only
> adjacent to the girdle stones? I'm unaware of any
> similar patch stones elsewhere in G1, with the
> additional exception of the GG's ramp slots -
> different discussion though.
They are adjacent and below the three upper girdle stones. (outlined red)
They are staggered east/west alternately.
They are all housed in very similar sized and shaped mother blocks. (outlined red)
(The three upper girdlestones, first, second and third, are of regular rectangular shape and are composed of two opposing, upper and lower "U" blocks).
Along with their mother blocks introduce non uniformity/linearity into an otherwise uniform section of the AP.
The three lower girdle blocks 4,5,6 (blue) are anything but uniform and contrast sharply with the first, second and third blocks. They are highly complex, one piece and interfitting with the equally complex surrounding masonry.
A deliberate and designed non uniformity.
The entire upper section of the AP is of very uniform block construction.
So we go from very designed chaos at the lower, north end to uniform regularity at the upper, south end.
Now why would anyone go to all the trouble of doing that?
Fourth Girdle Stone
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03-Jan-17 11:45 by Jon Ellison.