Depending on the grade, and a lubricated track, they may have found the stone leaving them behind, with them running after it. :) Seriously, have you done survey, and understand what grades were involved?
What ramp up and out of the quarries are you talking about? As they dug deeper, they created their own cliff to overcome. Wood tracks are repositionable, while ramps are not.
Less men were needed, vs. what would be required pulling stones uphill. Would you prefer to strain and break you back, because the distance was a little further. As shown in Kufu's quarry, it was a 50/50 distance. Taking the stones downhill, loading them on barges, and moving them up the Causeway was prefered. I am not sure that even took more time. Additionally, if they did have water and used a Funicular system, then why not us it.
Question? Is it easier to go down hill pulling a weight behind you, or uphill? I question, am I really talking with Cladking? I thought you were the one who detested smelly bumpken footed, stone draggers. :) :)
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07-Mar-20 17:43 by Steve Clayton.