Pat: I suppose it depends on what you mean by preconceived planning. If G1 was "always" there, why couldn't those coming after have built upon it and incorporated their own plan?
SC: What you have to keep in mind here, Pat, is that there is no clear line of sight between G1 and G3. And yet Menkaure seems to have somehow magically placed his pyramid and his so-called Queens' Pyramids on the axis of G1's inter-quarter lines. This implies that Menkaure had to create a pyramid for himself and his queens that were just the right shapes and sizes and in just the right positions on the plateau to fall into these inter-quarter alignments with G1. It would seem more likely that Menkaure would have aligned his own pyramid in such a fashion with his own father's pyramid (G2) but that is not - on the surface - what we observe. (More on this later).
Pat: Your diagram is nice but not convincing to those of us who think that G1 is an anomaly.
SC: Not quite sure what you mean by this, Pat. Can you elaborate? Are you saying G1 is an anomaly because it is not part of a Giza plan?
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