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In his article on the Graham Hancock dot com forum Mr. West mentions:

Moreover, if rains fell in such quantities over the course of these dynasties, they would have quite dissolved the mud-brick tombs of Sakkara, then in the process of construction and presumably not yet buried by the desert sands (no, I can’t prove this point).

Quoting Mark Lehner from Notes and Photographs on the West-Schoch Sphinx Hypothesis :

Perhaps this seems circular, but it is moot anyway if we don't know exactly which mud-brick tombs West and Schoch have in mind. The importance of this is that many of those tombs were only excavated between 1935 and 1956 by Walter Emery, who found that the superstructures of these tombs had been denuded to within a couple of meters above ground level, and sealed in the debris from the collapse of the walls already by the Third Dynasty. Smaller tombs of the Second and Third dynasties were built around and even on top of those of the First Dynasty. The interior chambers and compartments of the First Dynasty tombs were preserved because of the collapse of the superstructures, or because of sand and gravel fill put in by the builders. The whole cemetery was subsequently engulfed by sand. So West and Schoch might be looking at mudbrick that has only been exposed in the last fifty-nine to thirty-eight years In this case they did not even furnish a photograph of any mud brick tomb until the release of the unabridged version of their video "Mystery of the Sphinx." There we see West standing down inside what looks like the substructure - or one of the interior compartments - of a mud-brick mastaba and saying, "...these mud-brick walls are in relatively stable condition...." Which mud-brick walls? I invite Schoch to point out the specific mud-brick exposure he has in mind. Again, such an identification is possible because each of these tombs has a number. An easy reference is W. Helck's article on the archaic Sakkara necropolis in the Lexikon der Ägyptologie (edited by W. Helck and E. Otto), Volume 3, map on page 388. This may be quicker for Schoch and West than going through the volumes of W. Emery and J.E. Quibell, [5] but we would like, of course, to check the specific mud-brick exposures that Schoch refers to in those original excavation reports.

I recommend the complete article to be read to get a complete view of the thoughts of Mark Lehner.


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To John A West: I Honorably Object 513 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 07:27
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 272 Dyrham 08-Jan-04 12:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 283 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:27
Yes and No 261 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 15:29
Re: Yes and No 261 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 16:20
exactly! 293 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:44
Re: exactly! 285 Elizabeth Newton 09-Jan-04 01:31
Re: exactly! 266 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:34
that's a big help ...NOT!~ 238 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:46
Re: that's a big help ...NOT!~ 274 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 05:07
I'll try again 274 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:33
Re: I'll try again 204 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 15:57
Re: I'll try again 249 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 16:19
Re: I'll try again 211 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 16:29
Re: exactly! 236 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 250 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:46
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 222 rubberdown 08-Jan-04 12:28
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 237 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:31
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 271 cardinal guzman 08-Jan-04 13:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 215 Dyrham 09-Jan-04 18:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 266 SunSword 09-Jan-04 19:29
On the way to the park 283 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 14:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 334 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:20
An apology? Where? 282 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 16:33
I can only opine that... 248 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:56
Re: I can only opine that... 230 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:00
The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 258 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 258 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:23
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 253 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:31
Re: An apology? Where? 259 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 17:01
You are ignoring.. 263 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:07
Re: You are ignoring.. 229 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:38
hard to believe 246 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 23:04
Re: hard to believe 221 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:28
Re: hard to believe 260 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:34
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Re: hard to believe 246 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:39
Re: hard to believe 235 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:00
in this thread 239 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:54
Re: An apology? Where? 218 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: An apology? Where? 232 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:39
Re: An apology? Where? 243 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:26
Re: An apology? Where? 282 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:05
Re: An apology? Where? 290 Bent 08-Jan-04 17:42
Re: An apology? Where? 256 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:48
Re: An apology? Where? 250 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:53
clarification 259 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:57
Warwick & Gerd......... 254 Bent 08-Jan-04 19:17
Bent 272 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 19:46
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Re: Bent 264 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 20:23
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Re: Bent 217 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:25
Re: Bent 217 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:56
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Re: An apology? Where? 221 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 18:16
Lobo... 232 Bent 08-Jan-04 18:31
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And the body faced east 212 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 16:53
Re: And the body faced east 191 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:03
Re: And the body faced east 227 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 18:21
Hold on a minute 246 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:32
Re: The Measured Sphinx 269 JDMilller 08-Jan-04 18:31
Re: The Measured Sphinx 234 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:38
I'll try! 251 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:46
*GRINS* 237 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:53
Re: *GRINS* 245 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:43
Re: The Measured Sphinx 253 cardinal guzman 09-Jan-04 00:17
Re: The Measured Sphinx 229 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:20
Re: The Measured Sphinx 273 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:54
Great example of the fluff JAW was complaining about 244 Laird Scranton 08-Jan-04 23:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 197 Diomede 09-Jan-04 00:50
The Sakkara Tombs 277 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 12:34
G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 248 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 15:43
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 263 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 17:03
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 219 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 20:55
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 252 G. VDC 10-Jan-04 14:33
Original Thinking and Common Sense 237 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:32
can we please.. 262 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:40
Walk this way ..... 222 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:53
Re: Walk this way ..... 234 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:58
Oh deary dear ! 239 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 18:10
the Topic is.. 233 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 18:41
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Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 283 Greg Reeder 10-Jan-04 19:49
nonsense reigns 238 j_bowles 10-Jan-04 20:02
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Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 285 R Avry Wilson 11-Jan-04 08:03
are you saying... 284 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:40
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Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 235 Laird Scranton 11-Jan-04 16:00
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Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 205 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:58
Mr West... 245 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 16:16
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Re: Mr West... 227 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 16:32
I could be wrong but... 229 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 16:46
Re: Mr West... 234 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:33
Archae...... 266 Bent 10-Jan-04 20:11
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Re: Mr West... 255 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:36
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Re: Mr West... 207 Archae Solenhofen 12-Jan-04 06:30
Episode 3 of JAW's Magical Tour 216 Atlantida 09-Jan-04 20:59

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