> > (The pyramid complex, with the city and royal
> > residences, was named after the "horizon of the
> > Cheops", probably the western horizon, the
> > where the sun was dying, with which the king
> > still directly identified.)
The thing that kills me is that any stinky footed bumpkin in history or before history started could have looked at the damn rising sun and seen the same sunspots as the evening before. But modern people have this strange belief that cavemen, great pyramids builders, and whales are all about equal in their ability to observe and their intelligence. They believe that what set humans apart is that great pyramid builders had superstitions that retarded their development and reduced their need to make such observations. Of what possible use is knowing the exact same sun comes up every single day to a bunch of knuckle dragging troglodytes? How does such knowledge help them drag stones or build pyramids?
So here they are again and forever slamming ancient accomplishments. Egyptoplogists believe we are the pinnacle of all creation and ancient people were like unusually bright animals with beliefs and superstitions. They won't admit this but it is clear in every single thing they say. It is clear they have assumed that the great pyramids are tombs dragged up ramps by superstitious and changeless people and they have held these beliefs for over a century. They can't even discuss these beliefs because they are the very foundation of their "science". They can't discuss any idea that doesn't accept these beliefs because their knowledge exists only in terms of ramps and 4th dynasty bumpkins.
The ancients mustta known that the same sun comes up every day but instead of seeking evidence of this knowledge (khepri) in the ancient literature they are looking only for evidence for the exact same superstitions held by the authors of the book of the dead.
Your assumptions always define your conclusions. But Egyptologists can't understand that ripping a culture out of its tombs might be highly misleading. They can't understand that defining a culture on a book of incantation isn't really methodology so much as madness.