> If G3-a did in fact not have a stepped core, which
> personally it seems obvious to me from the pattern
> of deterioration (and context of all the rest of
> the satellite pyramids) it was stepped, it would
> be the only satellite pyramid to have been
> built this way which seems highly unlikely.
More from Rigano:The Stepped Pyramid Within
First consider Menkaure’s subsidiary pyramids (Fig. below). The three subsidiary pyramids were left in different states of completion; only one was completed as a true pyramid and the other two were left in a stepped form.
The eastern pyramid (GIII-a) was completed as a true pyramid with granite and limestone casing blocks, a descending passage which exits on the pyramid face and was filled with plug blocks, a lowered portcullis, and a granite sarcophagus in the burial chamber.
The exterior of the middle pyramid (GIII-b) was left in a stepped form. The chambers were completed with stucco-coated walls, a portcullis found forced out of position, and a small granite sarcophagus in the burial chamber. However, the stepped-shape exterior was not cased and the entrance was not in the face of the pyramid but in the bedrock, 13 feet north of its base.
The exterior of the western (GIII-c) pyramid was also left in a stepped form. The descending passage was not plugged and the chambers are incomplete and unplastered. The step-shaped exterior is uncased and the entrance is in the bedrock 14 feet north of the pyramid (Maragioglio and Rinaldi 1967, 80-92).
Apparently, Menkaure died before GIII-b and GIII-c were completed. Since the 3rd Dynasty, every pyramid entrance had been built into the pyramid face. If these two pyramids had been completed as true, cased pyramids, their entrances also would have been on their north faces. This evidence is consistent with a conclusion that both GIII-b and GIII-c were intended to be completed as true pyramids, like GIII-a, but when their construction was interrupted by Menkaure’s death, they were left with only their stepped inner construction completed.
The incomplete state of the two subsidiary pyramids is consistent with the unfinished state of the rest of Menkaure’s mortuary complex. Menkaure’s Valley Temple was built almost entirely of mud brick. The granite casing for the Mortuary Temple on the east side of the main pyramid was started, but was covered and finished with mud brick. The main pyramid’s granite casing was finely finished only around the entrance, behind the Mortuary Temple altar, and on part of the pyramid’s west side.
Also note the inset photo bottom right on p4 highlighting the G3 vertical face of the gash as evidence of a stepped core as well as the table of pyramids above.
Edited 6 time(s). Last edit at 07-Mar-17 04:15 by Thanos5150.