A few years ago, I came to the realization, that there was more to the Khafre's Causeway, than what Egyptology proposed. They postulated it was built for a religious purpose. It may have served in that purpose, though only once the Pyramids were completed. Re purposed if you will. Why would you need two causeways, each of which is nearly 30 feet wide, for a religious ceremony. It struck me as a stretch in logic. What, we don't go up and return on the same paths?
This is an excellent insight Steve.
The Valley Temple's north wall was nestled against a preexisting structure such that its NW and NE corners aren't square. Even more compelling, and Mark Lehner himself pointed this out, the Valley Temple's T-Hall didn't even exist in the first phase, when only the portal and vestibule were built. They were added later to monumentally incorporate the terminus of the causeway, which means that terminus preexisted. Why? Because it could have started as a logistics path which is what you are saying. So you have good archaeological evidence on your side there.
If you ever need references for a publication to back this up, use Lehner's thesis and the survey of the Sphinx Temple by Herbert Ricke. There you will find an additional crucial piece of the puzzle: The terrace boundary is perpendicular to the wall of the Valley Temple. Lehner interpreted that to mean the foundation of the Sphinx temple came after the Valley Temple. Lehner basically modeled that there were three phases for the V.T. and then came the Sphinx Temple in two phases. The latter remained unfinished. However, there is no logical reason to exclude the converse: That the terrace was cut first and it terminated at the causeway. Then the V.T. north wall was built square with that terrace boundary.
A final thought: Logistics and Religion need not be mutually exclusive. For example, it is possible that there was an advantage to aim the causeway at a certain position on the horizon because that was both of religious significance and it helped with its practical use.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08-Mar-20 19:28 by Manu.