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originally posted by: SlapMonkey
originally posted by: Byrd
The stones were cut directly from the rock and not "hand shaped from giant quarried blocks of bedrock." Some of the partial blocks are still in space and you can see the trenches where people crouched to hammer out the underside of the blocks.
We see the same process in other quarries, including the one in Luxor where Hatshepsut's unfinished obelisk lies.
The rubble would have come from the clearing of the Giza plateau to make it flat enough for the temples, walls, and other features. There is no shortage of sand and rock chips on Giza.
This is what I'm saying--every single process that you just mentioned is cutting and shaping blocks from bedrock using human hands to do the work.
Nothing that you just said, nor that Harte has said, nor what IgnorantApe has said, negates that.
But I would also argue that so does the claim that every stone in the pyramid was hand-shaped from giant quarried blocks of bedrock and transported a relative long distance (for the size and mass of the object) uphill and up ramps and positioned relatively perfectly into place.