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December 16, 2019, 12:51 pm UTC    
November 10, 2019 03:57PM
The pyramid at Meidum is attributed to Sneferu, Khufu's father, although I read that Sneferu may have adopted the pyramid and eventually went back to finish it off as a true pyramid after the Bent Pyramid.

I think a mastaba at that location was probably built after the start of Sneferu's pyramid, perhaps long after as the tomb of an important person in Sneferu's funerary cult.

Is it likely that Sneferu would have allowed any burial before his own, even if he had decided that the pyramid at Meidum would not be his final resting place?

Therefore I'm not yet ready to accept that the granite sarcophagus at Meidum was made before the sarcophagus in the Great Pyramid.

Khafra's granite sarcophagus was made to a higher standard. Petrie measured the sarcophagus very precisely as debated on this forum.

Menkaura's granite sarcophagus was richly decorated so apparently to an even higher standard, and may still be intact at the bottom of the sea having been lost on route to the British Museum.

It seems that the standard of granite masonry evolved very quickly in a few generations, and thereafter reached a much higher standard.

Like Pistol, I can't agree with the theory of Edwards who regarded Khufu's sarcophagus as a hastily made substitute with the original lost in the Nile or somehow damaged. The size of the beams in the King's Chamber means the sarcophagus was a relatively light load which should have posed no difficulties in transportation, albeit a long way from the granite quarry at Aswan.

It probably took many years to build up to the level of the King's Chamber, and I don't think Khufu would have risked just in time manufacturing.

Is the Great Pyramid the first pyramid with a granite chamber?

Mark
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