> if the builder of G1 (the Great Pyramid) had a blank canvass at
> Giza (so to speak), why then did he not obtain for himself the
> highest, most prestigious ground in the centre of the plateau
> where G2 now stands? Why did the builder of G1 leave the Giza
> backdoor open, so to speak, by leaving the central high ground
> free for some other future king to come along and gazump him?
Since the pyramids, according to you, are not tombs - why should "gazumping" play any part in where, or how big, they built them?
Even if we assume that they were tombs, we should be careful when we compare our cultural mindset (the biggest is the winner) to theirs.
> And why not choose this central high ground which had its own
> natural causeway (the 'Gateway to Giza') which would have saved
> Khufu the bother and expense of building a massive artificial
> causeway deep into the northeast of the Nile Valley? And why
> was Khufu quarrying limestone blocks from either side of G2's
> causeway which, if the conventional building sequence is
> correct, would not have existed at the time and therefore Khufu
> surely would have quarried through the causeway of G2. Either
> G2 already existed or Khufu left that strip of rock in place
> because he was already aware of a bigger site plan.
I have no objections against a Khufu-Khafre and a Khafre-Menkaure plan. We know that AE fathers stressed the importance of, and even participated in building, their sons tombs.
The seal-bearer of the divine documents of the Great House Tepemankh (it was) who made this for my eldest son, the seal-bearer of the divine documents, Hemmin, when he was a child.
(Tomb of Hemmin)
Make good your place of the West,
furnish your mansion of the necropolis,
with rightness, with doing Truth,
this is what Their hearts rely upon!
(The Teaching for King Merikare)
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