> The following is an extract from John and Morton Edgar's 'The
> Great Pyramid Passages and Chambers. Vol 2.' 1924 edition. page
Yes, I have read this, but it is hard to reconcile that Petire of all people, a veritable Egyptian granite expert, would have mistaken granite for plaster. Until a 3rd party comes forward, I would lean towards Petrie's assessment. Regardless of their firsthand experience, which are valuable like you say in and of themselves, like Smyth, it is hard to consider the Edgar Brothers particularly credible.
I do not agree with much of what he says, but Robert Temple's books are an excellent modern source of antiquarian Egyptology. In that regard, he is quite the zealous researcher and archivist. "Mystery of the Sphinx" is very interesting if only for this reason, otherwise it is quite a painful read. Walter B. Emery's "Archaic Egypt" (1950's) is required reading for anyone interested in Egypt on any level. Probably the most prized book in my library.
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