posted on Oct, 29 2013 @ 06:48 AM
reply to post by Byrd
Cont'd from previous
Byrd: I understand that good texts with current material on Egypt are expensive (boy, howdy are they! My wallet is still cringing) but you are
basing a lot of your ideas on material that's very old and extremely incomplete.
SC: Isn’t that what Egyptologists do? I am basing my ideas on the physical evidence left there by the AEs.
Byrd: I do wish you had the ability to take these courses at the University of Exeter -- it's very eye-opening -- and I think that you could do
a lot if you only had access to the vast amounts of knowledge stuffed into these textbooks (and the work behind them.)
SC: I am quite fine with where I am.
Byrd: As a result, the mish-mash of sources (most of which are not from the Egyptians themselves) and poor context (with respect to time and
political climate and resources) and questionable foundation sources gives you a very weak basis for any speculation.
SC: With respect, but I do have to disagree. I will say again—I use the evidence that the AEs left us. You cannot seriously tell me that a large
earth-filled container that was discovered in G2 is not reminiscent of the later, smaller earth-filled Osiris Bricks. You cannot tell me that vast
quantities of seed were not discovered in S1 with secondary evidence of similar quantities also found in G1. You cannot tell me that the Pyramid Texts
(long before the Middle Kingdom) state that the “…pyramid … is Osiris… this construction… is Osiris”. You cannot tell me that these same
texts bear the first elements of the Osiris Myth. You cannot tell me that the later AEs did not make effigies of Osiris and pack it full of seeds
(Corn Mummies). You cannot contradict any
of this evidence because it is there
. And it is there to be interpreted and made sense of. I
do not need Greeks, or Romans, or Lehner or Hawass to tell me how to interpret this evidence. I am telling them that their interpretation is wrong so
why do you think I should be taking lessons from them?
Byrd: I feel this is a shame, because I think that if you had access to the training and the material that I'm able to access, you would have
the most amazing time with it and that you could come up with things that would be accepted and respected in the field.
SC: With respect, but I am not so naïve as to think that any
of the ideas I come up with would be remotely acceptable to mainstream
Egyptology. Researching written material is fine and I do a LOT of it. But my own research benefits most with field trips to Egypt where I can really
get my hands dirty. (Alas, not so much recently as a result of the ongoing social upheaval). And, in my opinion (and I know you will disagree) but
mainstream Egyptology is simply closed ranks and the entire peer review process is nothing more than ‘academic censorship’. I prize my freedom to
think and to express myself in publications outside the confines of stifling academia. And, as I have oft said, original thought is without peer.
It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes
frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
SC: Someday, someday…….
Byrd: ...and so, back to the books. I probably won't emerge until after the dissertation defense and yes, this is for my PhD.
SC: I sincerely wish you well and look forward to greeting you as Dr.
And on a final note, to take it back to the topic at hand, I dearly wish people would talk about the other pyramids. They're awfully
interesting. Can't wait to get to them in my studies -- but I won't have scholarly access to the good stuff until after I get through the basics on
art and architecture and literature and history and Nubia and the Delta.
SC: Well, I think we have made a sterling effort here to redress the balance a little by at least discussing G2 and G3 in some measure as well as
bringing in, on a small level, all the other giant pyramids of the Old Kingdom. Yes folks, there is more than just the Great Pyramid.
edit on 29/10/2013 by Scott Creighton because: (no reason given)