> A small point: West wrote “a scale of acres” and some have quoted it so, as Graham
> Hancock did, first in The Sign and the Seal
> and then in Fingerprints.
> Someone at some point turned it into “the scale of acres” and again, this has been widely
> quoted. We see it in this piece by Martin Gray, which many have copied and pasted, without
> But the earliest example I find is on Usenet:
> https: //groups.google.com/forum/message/raw?msg=sci.archaeology/bSmXKoxVFn4/4jBs1L7T250J
> Well done Merrell for spotting what I hadn’t:
> that this oft-seen “quote” is not quite that.
Thankyou Martin and Merrell.
Some would describe such as 'pedantry'. However, be assured, I have always greatly admired and appreciated your (both) exquisite research skills, and attention to fine detail.
Amazing how "Chinese whispers" and "creative authors licence" can distort matters over time.
Honestly, when quickly searching and choosing a site which dealt with thread subject matter (for reply to Thanos5150), and reading and providing the preamble to the quote, I had a moment of hesitation. That being , the preamble quoted , incorrectly calculates the supposed extrapolated surface area of the casing (13 acres, which is rather, the approx base area).
Momentarily, I winced internally, that it would be so unlike W M F Petrie to extrapolate that which he could study and directly observe into "acres". He was, in every way, pedantic with attention to fine detail.
I didn't check, but specifically highlighted that the quote did not come direct from Petrie's book.
PS For completeness the actual quote (bold emphasis mine)
Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh - W M F Petrie - page 44
Though the stones were brought as close as 1/800 inch, or, in fact into contact, and the mean opening of the joint was a mere 1/50 [of an] inch, yet the builders managed to fill the joint with cement, despite the great area of it, and the weight of the stone to be moved -some 16 tons. To merely place the stones in exact contact at the sides would be careful work; but to do so with cement in the joint seams seems almost impossible
The is no punctuation 'full stop' after the word "impossible"
The point is to do so , points strongly to a substance which caused a chemical reaction creating extremely strong bond between the likely damp ,or deliberately dampened, Tura limestone.
Davidovit's has replicated that type of bond. (Albeit on a much smaller scale)
Not being dogmatic, just for interest sake, but if they could join stone so solidly then when next perusing photographs or the real actual large megaliths at Giza (eg such as the stone in G2 Valley temple), pause to note signs that smaller blocks (still arranged in correct strata), might have been welded together.
Edits: correct typos and insertion of word "admire"
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03-Jan-20 20:40 by Corpuscles.