You said, "The theory of 4th dynasty construction of the giza pyramids and the sphinx does not survive well in consideration of our best guesses of societal and economic infrastructure of that timeframe."
What if this is wrong? What is the 4th Dyn Pharoah's were the richest people of earth (relatively speaking of course!)
What is Narmer was the Biblical Nimrod who in uniting the two lands actually united Egypt and Mesopotamia and were taxing the entire area? Consider the Mesopotamian motifs on the narmer palette.
I think we have woefully underestimated the wealth of the Pharoahs in contemporary Egyptology. Just consider the costs of the building of the Giza plateau!
I think "our best guesses" have been way off.
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