MJT: This is based solely on the various translations and interpretations of the Pyramid Texts, the earliest of which post-date Giza by around 130 years.
SC: And as I am sure you must know, it is well accepted amongst Egyptologists that these texts and the religious/funerary ideas they contain more than likely pre-date the pyramid-building age. Indeed, that these funerary texts (some would even dispute that they are funerary) were first discovered in a pyramid brought Egyptology to conclude that the pyramid of Unas must be a tomb and it must then follow that ALL pyramids were funerary structures. They back-projected the content from the PTs found in a later pyramid and applied those funerary writings to the earliest pyramids in order to argue that the earliest, uninscribed pyramids were also tombs. You cannot argue their use to define all earlier pyramids as tombs and then, on the other hand, claim they only apply to a later time. You cannot have it both ways. Man speak with forked tongue again.
MJT: How can you be so sure that this 'nameless edifice' problem, for want of a better term, was around in Khufu's time?
SC: I can't be sure - no one can. But if Egyptologists are correct then it seems more likely than not that the ideas expressed within the Pyramid Texts come from a time long before Khufu & Co. To try and assume that the Pyramid Texts appeared 'out of the blue' in the 5th dynasty as a fully-fledged body of complex funerary ideas is simply preposterous - they would have had much earlier precedent. But then again - perhaps this is all just pure 'fantasy land', eh?
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