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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:44 pm    Post subject: Pyramids made of cast stone Reply with quote

If the pyramids were made of something like concrete why go to the trouble of casting separate stones then dragging them into position?

Some stones have been liad with their bedding plane vertical - shoddy workmanship.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The idea of cast stone in building the pyramids is simply someone's Bright Idea.
It is quite obvious that the blocks are natural stone--you can see the fossils of shells and other sea creatures in them, showing that they are sandstone. (originally the bottom of a sea)
Referring to shoddy workmanship. If it IS so shoddy, how could they last for four thousand years and counting? I can't think of any other workmanship that has lasted so long.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i always thought that the pyramids were made of stone, that was then covered with a layer of concrete.


and i dont think they can be shoddy, theyve lasted so long, and have only been eroded. they must have done a good job
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They went covered with a layer of anything, unless you consider the casing stone (now missing) to be a layer, but they were also stone. They are just naturally occurring blocks of stone stacked in the shape of a pyramid
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason the pyramids survived despite shoddy workmanship is their size & also until relatively recently (i.e. medieval times I believe) they were protected by a layer of high quality tura limestone.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really don't think the term "shoddy" applies to the pyramids of Giza. I've never heard that they were covered with Tura limestone in the medeival ages. Tura was used, however, in the original casing of the pyramids. I found this site on touregypt. It describe the materials used in the building:
http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/material.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understood the casing of Tura stone was stripped off to build medieval Cairo.
I was told you should lay stone in its original bedding plane - since the Egyptians did not that is shoddy workmanship in my opinion.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i agree with Osiris II, they cant have been shoddy. theyve survived hundreds of years out in the windy desert and are still pyramids. how can this be shoddy??

and Osiris II, btw by concrete i didnt mean like, paving concrete, i meant a layer of 'stuff' cos i wasnt quite sure Razz, concrete like stuf. thats for clearing that up for me though Smile
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