reply to post by Scott Creighton
Here is a small update relating to my research at Giza.
I raised this issue of parallel lines close to the Apex of the Great Giza Triangle (within the blue box in Fig. 1 below) some time ago.
In Fig. 2 below I have highlighted these parallel lines:
These peculiar, parallel lines are very reminiscent of the "Galleries" found to the west of G2.
When I originally raised the question as to what these lines might be, researcher and photographer, Jon Bodsworth, explained that they were perhaps
lines marking bays for coach parking for the Open Air Theatre at Giza. You can read this here with some photos Jon took of this area:
Now look at the image below - in particular look at the SHEER SIZE of this supposed "overflow parking area". Fig 3. below shows the size of the Open
Air Theatre compared to this supposed "overflow parking" area. Now, a rough measurement of this highlighted "overflow parking area" shows that it
is approximately a little over 1 kilometer in length x quarter of 1 km wide!!!!
Now consider this:
For his part, Samir Farag, head of the Cairo Opera House, says the Aida 2002 production shows a noticeable improvement in facilities and
services over previous shows. A service area has been set up in the theatre's court area for food and beverages, rest rooms and a 4,000-car capacity
The area highlighted in the images above covers approximately 2,300,000 sq ft.
If we assume the average car footprint of 40 sq ft (which is quite generous) x 4,000 cars then the area used is 4000 x 40 = 160,000 sq ft.
In other words, the area highlighted in the images above as the supposed "OVERFLOW PARKING AREA" (suggested by Jon Bodsworth) is the equivalent area
of 56,000 cars which is 14 times what is actually required - the open-air theatre on the Giza plateau has a capacity of 4,000 people although this was
upgraded to 5,000 in 2002!!!
56,000 cars!!!! Now that is quite some overflow
Now ask yourself the question - how many open air theatres do you know of that need an overflow parking area for 56,000 cars!!?? Does this sound like
a reasonable explanation to you?