> You could say the same about any method of building the
> pyramids. There's no "extensive cultural record" for any other
> method either so your point is no more relevant to ramps than
> anything else. But as I pointed out ramps definately were used
This applies primarily to a single straight on ramp. Such a ramp would be much more effort and work than the pyramid itself so its absense in the record simply denies it ever existed in reality. But to some extent it applies to any ramp. While the amount of effort to build and maintain a spiral ramp isn't as great there is more danger and the effort is still great. It's reasonable to expect a God of Ramps or a tomb of ramp builders. Surely a single depiction of a ramp on a great pyramid wouldn't be too much to ask for.
> Claims have been made using a relief in the tomb of Debhen and
> an inscription in the mastaba of Qua to support the use of
> ramps, which I personally don't find very convincing, but they
> are easily as valid as your extracts from the "Pyramid Texts".
I'm not familiar with these but very interested.
> I've still got an open mind about ramps but I've also seen no
> evidence from you to persuade me that your proposal is anymore
> feasible or likely.
My idea may be less feasible except it may well be the one that was actually used. Ramps are pretty much out and they had to use some means. Until something comes up that is better evidenced, then counterweights are most definitely in and the usage of water for ballast is most likely.