> >they have to hold three times their weight in
> How do you arrive at that fact, 3 to 1.
> There are water displacement formula's &
> Calculator online:
The weight of air and water cancel out and the density is the determinant of the volume of a boat needed. Limestone's density is 2.7 so you need a boat with 2.7 times the volume of the stone you want to carry. Figure 3 times to support superstructure and keep the load above the water line.
By the same token in order to balance the stones on the other side of the funicular they have to hold three times the weight of the fully loaded barge coming up the causeway.
I don't doubt they could design such a contraption; I doubt they'd need or use anything so complex.
> The smaller ropes give you a sense of redundancy.
> If one rope breaks, there are still enough ropes
> to carry the load. They can be placed side by side
> and laced with leather strands, keeping then in
> line and organized.
They could certainly have used smaller ropes and more of them.
> Are we now back to lifting stones straight up",
> and insisting some internal pre-structure. Yes,
> they did this before, and it is said that was how
> Pyramid building got started. Doing so, has no
> effect on building a Pyramid, other than it
> presents additional problems of not using an
> Incline plain.
I doubt any internal structure was used for lifting stones directly. of course I'm not ruling this out. Ropes might have passed through the air shafts and the grand gallery could have been any sort of contraption. I believe the airshafts were principally for air and secondarily used for braking. They probably had an unknown tertiary function as well.
This is simple; no teams of men dragged any stones behind them. Nothing else is really ruled out. Apparently most stones were pulled straight up the sides of five step pyramids one step at a time. I'm not ruling anything out for the causeways either but AGAIN no team of men ever dragged stones behind them. This is a ridiculous Egyptological idea they can't shake. It didn't happen. There were various means used to move and lift stones but they were not dragged uphill.
> >Why do you want to float stones in the
> "itr.t-palace" anyway? What is this. I don't speak
This appears to have been their name for the water impounded by the coffer dam around the pyramid.