Date: January 14, 2017 05:02PM
Jon Ellison Wrote [to Steve Clayton]:
> I'm pretty sure that water had a lot to do with
> the construction...
It's even possible that water was used in the calculations as the primary energy source. in other words, one thing a project manager needs to do today when calculating costs of such an enormous project is to assess the energy budget. This is particularly true when a large component of the project is integrally linked to that energy source. It's why shipping, transportation, and asphalt prices change so much with the cost of fossil fuel. Likewise, in ancient times where water may have been the main source of energy, I can see the project manager considering things like "This phase of construction will have an energy cost of 1.5 million cubic cubits of water raised an average of 400 palms...", etc. That is, the PM needs to be sure there's enough energy to actually pull it off. Whether such assessments rely on the specific power of the "geyser" that provided the source of energy remains to be seen. But it's an obviously necessary consideration that needed to be made before any of those projects could proceed.
In that regard, I've been looking for Dynastic references (artifacts, inscriptoins, paintings, etc.) to specific construction projects which described the actual management of the project, and I haven't found anything that touches upon an energy source, energy technology, or the assessment of energy costs. You'd think that if they really did all that work, there's be something from the hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of people who witnessed or participated in those projects over those centuries.
That is why I went to such extent, to develop a Shaduf system, that would actually work. The NIle was the only reliable water source. I'm sure they used water that fell from the sky, if only to drink it.
No paintings or inscription inside the Pyramids. You maybe looking for something that no longer exists. For some unknown reason, there is nothing inside those Giza Pyramids to help us.