> billbaty wrote:
> > The portcullis slabs remind me of a blast gate, like they
> > lower the slabs for protection and then fire up the grand
> > gallery. Or perhaps lowering the slabs and firing up the
> > chamber. The areas around the antechamber as well as the
> > chamber and the sarcophagus are all blackened maybe by
> > heat.
> Hi Billy,
> Hmm. That's an interesting idea; but if a blast gate what would
> be the purpose of multiple doors? I have no idea, just
> wondering if blast gates have multiple doors. Wikipedia says:
> "Blast gates are used to focus a dust collection system's
> vacuum pressure for maximum dust (or other material) extraction
> at the desired location. Blast gates are positioned near
> individual pieces of machinery and operate by being, by
> default, closed — blocking air flow. When one blast gate is
> opened, all available suction is focused at that location,
> maximizing the amount of material collected".
> Is this what you mean by blast gate or are you talking about a
> Post Edited (21-Jun-12 03:48)
Well, I just picked the words "blast gate" off the top of my head. I was actually thinking of a fire and/or explosion barrier. I am not absolutely convinced that this is what the slabs were used for, they just remind me of a protection device. Multiple slabs may have been needed because of a possibility of an extreme blast or fire.
I am a bit stumped on the probability that the granite plugs are not plugging an opening but are resting in a dead-end space. That means that there is either another entrance which has not been found or the well shaft served as a very unprofessional way to get to the grand gallery, king and queen's chambers.
Of course this is assuming that they came and went with any amount of frequency. It really hasn't been absolutely proven to me that the granite plugs are at a dead end and didn't originally seal an entry way of some type.
Are most people here aware of the theory that the "imprisonment of Marduk" being in the GP? If that story is true, then it looks like the granite plugs were forced into place preventing his exit through the normal route and the well shaft is the unprofessionally dug escape route for ole Marduk.
All the best,