- Nov 2011
I've seen it before and am singularly unimpressed with the interpretation. While I wouldn't discount the possibility that Khufu repaired the pyramid there simply is not good evidence for this and virtually conclusive proof that he built the pyramid. That he did both is possible, but again, we are left with mere interpretation for the latter. That Khufu is actually two or more individuals is possible but evidence for this is very inconclusive.You didn't read the article Nyneve posted in the OP did you? If you had you would have read this:
"Actually, we have the testament of Pharaoh Khufu himself that he only did repair work on the Great Pyramid. The Inventory Stele, found in 1857 by Auguste Mariette just to the east of the Pyramid, dates to about 1500 B.C., but according to Maspero and other experts, shows evidence of having been copied from a far older stele contemporaneous with the Fourth Dynasty."
Almost no evidence at all survives from the great pyramid building age so it behooves us to weight the little that does exist very heavily. That a Khufu built G1 is a fact. The fact that the inventory stelae can be interpreted to mean the pyramid was already there is interesting but requires substantiation.
He actually made a pretty good description of buildingpyramids with counterweights but did leave out the nature of the ballast which did the work. He told the truth and nothing but the truth but not the whole truth.Regarding Herodotus, as an initiate into the Egyptian mystery cults, as he claimed to be, he would have been under strict instruction to conceal the secrets of the pyramids construction.
Using the smooth side of the pyramid to support the scaffolding they could probably build one all the way to the top. The problem is that such scaffolding would fail to be able to support its own weight by a very wide margin. Even the slightest slippage caused by an earthquake or trying to move a heavy weight on it would bring the entire structure crashing to the ground. They did not have the tools to make repairs on the outside of G1 except on the lowest courses.The pyramids sloping construction makes the weight limits on scaffolding significantly lower,...
I'mnot sure this is obvious. But even if it's true there's a huge difference between a 20' scaffold and a 480' scaffold.... and they obviously had strong enough scaffolding to make non sloping temples and monuments.
Wood will not suffice for structures over about 70'. You can almost double that on the sloping side of the Great Pyramid.You also say that the Egyptians did not posses sufficiently strong material for the work but then tell us where they could have obtained such material from. Which one is it?
They can be googled easily enough. I believe the most appropriate one in this case involves an isotope (I believe) of strontium.You say "There are variuous dating methods that can be employed". Can you please tell us what these are?