- Feb 2013
- Coastal Florida
The problem is the same for these cement or concrete blocks...the blocks are unique so they would all require custom molds as well. It just doesn't make sense.Again this "approach" (alleged melting) would only be used for a few stones (such as granite for sarcophagi, small rooms , statues) , not the 2.5 mio or so "regular" blocks of the pyramid
Well, there isn't much to speak of in terms of casing stones on the Giza plateau except for sections near the top of Khafre's pyramid. However, the Bent Pyramid at Saqqara has a significant amount of the casing left near the ground. Part of it is missing, so you're able to see the remaining blocks around the periphery of this area...and these casing stones also each appear to be unique. See the photo here. Enlarge the photo and note along the right edge of the area where they are missing in the near corner of the pyramid...the extant casing stones along this edge seem to possess varying widths, heights and depths.Regarding the "cement" approach, what about the casing stones (I realize many or most are now gone).... Were they all different as well ?
Which brings up a question.... Why were those blocks different ? One would perhaps expect that they had some sort of measurments for desired block size....
Some time back, I read something saying that having different size blocks in a structure may help it be more resistant to earthquakes... Not sure how much truth there is to that, and whether it was the (a) reason for those differences... Or it was simply down to luck and not so good organization ?
and then I found this site
The exact number of stones was orginally estimated at 2,300,000 stone blocks weighing from 2-30 tons each with some weighing as much as 70 tons. Computer calculations indicate 590,712 stone blocks were used in its construction.
which would basically put the number of blocks at roughly only a quarter of previous estimates
There are supposedly 144,000 casing stones, all highly polished and flat to an accuracy of 1/100th of an inch, about 100 inches thick and weighing about 15 tons each with nearly perfect right angles for all six sides. Computer calculations indicated 40,745 casing stones were used averaging 40 tons each before the face angle was cut.
The average casing stone on the lowest level was 5 ft. long by 5 ft. high by 6 ft. deep and weighed 15 tons. The casing stones weighing as much as 20 tons were placed with an accuracy of 5/1000ths of an inch, and an intentional gap of about 2/100ths of an inch for mortar.
and then this ?
The mortar used is of an unknown origin. It has been analyzed and it's chemical composition is known but it can't be reproduced. It is stronger than the stone and still holding up today.
Um, no sources are cited so it seems impossible to verify any of this. I didn't read the page in great detail but I did notice a couple of claims I know to be false in the "Miscellaneous" section near the bottom when I was looking for sources:
I guess you'll have to take my word for it but the interior of the Great Pyramid seemed rather stifling when I was inside it. The temperature certainly seemed far higher than 62 degrees. This was during the month of June.The interior temperature at 62 degree Fahrenheit.
I don't think this is true as I believe Maspero found a mummy inside one of the pyramids.