> I think you did very well. The most important
> thing to do now is to make a prediction, something
> you can put to a test to confirm or falsify you
> model of pWestcar. One way to do this is to use
> those aspects of the Pyramid Texts which are
> solidly astronomical as your yard stick and then
> project forwars instead of clawing backwards to
> see if you can detect how the deeper meaning
> became flattened and why you think this happened.
> For example, there were major changes after the
> Old Kingdom both environmental, economic,
> religious, and political. The Middle Kingdom was
> the era of the rise of the Middle Class. Suddenly,
> non-royal commoners with wealth were able to
> become an akh in the sky. The Coffin Texts became
> an off-shoot of the PTs custom-designed for
> nomarchs, generals, doctors, and high priests to
> be like gods to become immortal. The scribes in
> the House of Life began to cut and paste texts and
> so the content became more fluid less conserved.
> This is the context in which you have to see
> pWestcar, which shows a Heka magician as a
> conjurer and entertainer, not as the king's right
> hand man...(the thet of Narmer eg).
Thankyou for the context and your feedback. There is a prediction in my paper already - the prediction on the age of the Pyramid which is based on the decoding of the astronomical data contained within the stories. This yields a date for the Pyramid of circa 2800 BCE, with a very good correlation to the story events occurring on 2 December 2800 BCE. This date is of course a couple of hundred years earlier than the generally accepted chronology as well as the most recent radiocarbon dating study of the Old Kingdom, which (according to Lightbody’’s recent paper on the Trial Passages) sets a date of 2590 BCE for Khufu:
Bronk Ramsey, C., Dee, M.W. Rowland, J.M., Higham, T.F.G., Harris, S.A., Brock F. and Quiles, A. (2010),
‘Radiocarbon-Based Chronology for Dynastic Egypt’, Science 328, pp. 1554-1557.
Puchkov in a thread on HoM: [www.hallofmaat.com] challenges the chronology:
There is an interesting situation with studies of short-lived materials from the period of the Old Kingdom.
In 2010, Ramsey and the group of other researchers published the "Radiocarbon-Based Chronology for Dynastic Egypt", in which for the entire Old Kingdom they processed only 6 samples belonging presumably to the Djoser's reign. In my article, I show that the selection of samples for the Old Kingdom in this work is completely non-representative and therefore, based on the data obtained for this period, no acceptable model can be built for it.
Surprisingly, this work was approved by the scientific community and no further studies of samples of short-lived materials for Old Kingdom have been carried out to date. Since then, Egyptologists have widely used the "Radiocarbon-Based Chronology for Dynastic Egypt" as a confirmation of correctness of the current chronology, and the carbonists, although they understand the flawness of Ramsey's model for the Old Kingdom, are still silent, as Egyptologists have long rejected the radiocarbon dating method as unacceptable for Egypt (which does not give the necessary results) and only in 2009-2010 did these two areas come to a consensus.
Puchkov provides a recalibration of the radiocarbon dating in his paper in Table 9 on page 46 of his paper:
In it, he determines a likely date of construction of Khufu starting with stretching of the chord on or around 2803 BCE. Thereby my theory provides a prediction of the age of Khufu’s pyramid which closely matches that of the re-calibrated data produced by Puchkov.