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Originally posted by PhotonEffect
So technically these 2 are 8 sided pyramids. What would be the purpose of that?
From my understanding Hawass hasn't pushed for locating these wooden pieces either so that a proper dating could be accomplished. I don't get it.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
reply to post by Illahee
Now thats an interesting and fresh concept there. You´ve been digging around in rosicrucian archives again, havent you?
Originally posted by cormac mac airt
I too realize that the C14 results aren't conclusive, but what's telling to me is that they vary by hundreds of years, not thousands of years.
Also, have you taken into account that what you see of the outside of the pyramids wasn't the actual surface.
That was destroyed during the middle ages and earlier for local construction purposes of the city.
The apparent concavity may have been originally designed into the pyramids to help support the original surface. Just a thought.
Yes. But in essence it all comes down to one thing: Was everything prior to 7000 B.C. (the date keeps getting moved back) primitive hunter-gatherer-tribes and are we isolated in the universe...or is there more to history? Was there outside influence? Was there a civilization that we have forgotten? Those who say "there is more going on behind the scenes" are labelled "fringe lunatics" while the others are labelled historians.
But at least us "fringe lunatics" sell more books than mainstream historians...
The Great Pyramid's mortar was sampled for "fragments of charred wood or other plant fibers" that could possibly be radiocarbon dated.
The results were supposed to settle the debate once and for all on the age of this structure and some of the other ones located in this area.
The Casing Stones
Mark Lehner, Egyptologist: We have evidence that the stripping of the pyramids' fine outer casing began as early as the New Kingdom in ancient Egypt - the era of Tutankhamen, when the pyramids were already 1200 years old, or more! The removal of the casing of the Giza Pyramids, therefore, went on from the 12th century B.C. to the 12th Century A.D.
If Egyptologists have evidence that the casing stones were removed as early as the 12th century BC, then there is the possibility that this process may have begun at an even earlier date, but we just don't have the evidence for it. If this is so, it may explain why the radiocarbon dates are older than were expected.
What these facts seem to suggest, is the possibility that the Giza pyramids' outer casing stones may have begun to be removed long ago in antiquity. The Old Kingdom Pharoahs may have decided to embark on a massive repair project that entailed "slopping" gypsum mortar to fill in many of the gaps of the inner limestone core to keep the structure sealed. This process may have occurred, on and off, over many centuries, culminating in Khufu's finishing of the repair of the Great Pyramid.
The oldest known Homo Sapiens remains are 195,000 years old. Most of that time was covered by glaciers. Not much has been found so far to suggest anything else but hunter-gatherers until after the Ice Age.