out by the evidence since the CO2 was half ancient. If beetles were eating the wood then some
or most of its carbon might have ended upin the pit and all that carbon would be ancient and this
could account for the ancient air; it was just the boat. But this seems improbable because the only
limitation on beetle population would be water availability. It doesn't seem reasonable to suppose
that in 4700 years there wouldn't be enough water for the beetles to consume the entire boat. The
implication being that we are misinterpreting the presense of the beetle.
What's needed are more facts but what are the odds that the beetles were counted, studied, or an-
alyzed? I'd guess it's very low.
This is a faulty premise since there is no evidence the beetles were in the pit for c.4500 - 4600 years. At best they appear to have been there from 1987 - 2008. And no matter how many times you say "4700" it's not relevant to the reign of Khufu, which was in the 26th century BC/4600 BP.