MP: Hi Scot, Many thanks for that interesting link. In the article he doesn’t mention the measurement noted by MJT that finds the ascending passage narrows above the granite plugs, which would add to his case. In any event the Ascending Passage appears to have no contemporary function…other than a negative one suggesting ‘No Access’.
This feature, i.e. shafts and passages that are blocked at the design/build stage of the work, prevails throughout the pyramid. The idea that this has something to do with human access/or prevention of it/ cannot be applied to the ‘star shaft’ doors, which are accessible only to rats and robots. For this reason it is not unreasonable to suggest that all the blocked shafts and passages were considered as a single theme in the eyes of the designer’s. The only obvious access point is therefore the single hinged door at the entrance to the descending passage. Here, it seems, the designers were able to produce an opening and closing door (which could be sealed if required), yet this facility is found nowhere else in the structure.
Given the consistency throughout the building of shafts and passages where access is blocked, including places inaccessible to people, it seems less likely that access for people in the upper design was a principle concern, or considered significant. To put it another way the motivation for blocking
> the star shafts cannot be isolated from the motivation for blocking the larger passages, the coincidence of ‘blocked shafts’ in so many cases is too great. The remoteness of the star shaft doors therefore suggests, imo, that preventing human access was not the reason for creating any of these blockages.
SC: That's an interesting idea. Obviously if the Ascending Passage was blocked from the outset by placing the Granite Plugs in-situ, then this renders the tomb theory, as proposed by Egyptology, null and void.
And you raise another important aspect - the accessible Descending Passage. It seems that this passage may have always been accessible. If this was the tomb of a KIng then, without doubt, this passage would also have been thoroughly blocked to prevent entry to intruders. If this was a tomb, why wasn't this passage blocked? Why was it left accessible for anyone to do goodness only knows what?
This is especially so when one considers that just to the east of the Great Pyramid, dug deep into the bedrock of the plateau are the so-called 'Trial Passages'. These passages are large enough for people to pass through them and when you do, you realise the similarity in layout of these passages to the passages within the Great Pyramid. In effect, the Trial Passages present a map of the GP's interior, showing the junction of the upper Ascending Passage. Why would these 'Trial Passages' which effectively tell us where to look in the GP not have been filled in and blocked?
And why, right under the Ascending Passage junction in the GP, on the floor of the Descending Passage, is there a curious joint that serves no particular purpose other than to indicate the location of the Prism Stone that provided the final seal to the Ascending Passage. In this regard, Piazzi Smythe wrote:
"Here, therefore, in a peculiar relation of position to something concealed, was a secret sign in the pavement of the entrance-passage, appreciable only to a careful eye." -Piazzi Smythe
Why mark the location of the (concealed) Ascending Passage in this way? In short, why did the builders of this monument go out of their way to make it easily accessible and make it easy to locate the position of the upper chamber entrance? Is that something that would be done for something as important as the tomb of an AE king?
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