MJT: Broadly speaking, the suggested most likely causes of the decline at the end of the period we know as the Old Kingdom were a gradual change in the way the king and royal family were perceived by the people, political unrest, and invasions by Asiatics. There is absolutely no need to invoke asteroids hitting (allegedly) the region in circa. 2200 B.C.
SC: Except that science is beginning to support precisely such a scenario, a scenario I might add that is described in the ancient Arab legends.
MJT: As the GP was allegedly (Scott implies?) not emptied of its food contents until this time, one has to wonder how the stuff managed to avoid deterioration for some 300 to 400 years - especially when one looks at the science and technology we today use to store seeds, etc, for future generations.
SC: Seeds can - if properly stored - remain viable for hundreds and even thousands of years.
"...the conditions within Egyptian pyramids are very dry and would permit seed longevity in certain species to extend to thousands of years." - Source.
MJT: The more one digs into your theory, Scott, the more improbable it becomes.
SC: Actually, the more we dig into it the more we find that the actual evidence supports the RVT far better than it does the tomb theory.
MJT: However, and in all fairness, much the same can be said about the majority of theories about the pyramids - the Great Pyramid in particular.
SC: And it can especially be said of the tomb theory.
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