Yes copper could conceivably be used to finish the softer standard limestone blocks, although it's still a poor choice of tools. However, you are forgetting that until the Arabs stripped it off 600 years ago, the Great Pyramid had an outer covering of White Limestone, which is harder than Marble and similar to Granite in every respect.

These outer blocks were 100 inches thick,weighed twenty tons each and were fitted with an even greater care than the inner stones. They also formed a smooth reflective surface..

So again, copper alone wouldn't suffice for finishing these blocks.

As to your confusion about the Diorite stones. They were simply that. Round balls of Diorite. The fact that the Egyptians used these stones as rock-pounders leads me to label them "tools."However, there have been statues found in Egypt where shaped Diorite was incorporated into them. Leaving me to wonder again how they shaped a material that was harder than copper or bronze, which were the only two metals availible to them. A round stone is simply no good for precision crafting.

Of the stones that remain on the pyramid let us pause to consider that the surface stones are cut within 1/100th of an inch of perfectly straight and at perfect right angles for all 6 sides of the stone. And they were placed with an intentional gap between them of 2/100th of an inch. Modern technology cannot place 20 stones with greater accuracy than they did in the Great Pyramid.

Even more amazing is that the 2/100th of an inch gap was designed to allow room for sealant to hold the blocks together.A white cement that connected the casing stones and made them watertight is still intact and is stronger than the blocks it holds together. Whoever built the Great Pyramid seemed to have used a technology to accuralately place and cement stones that we still do not posess today.

Consider also that the Great Pyramid incorporates Mathematical concepts and knowledge of the world that the Egyptians did not have..

1.The height of the Pyramids apex is 5,812.98 inches and each side is 9,131 inches rom corner to corner. If the circumference of the pyramid is divided by twice it's height the result is 3.14159, which just happens to be Pi. Pi is demonstrated many times throughout the Pyramid, and yet we know that it wasn't discovered until later by the Greeks..

2.As stated earlier each the Pyramids four sides are 9,131 inches for a total of 36,524 inches. 365.24 days just happens to be the exact length of the solar year.

3.All four sides of the Pyramid are slightly concave.This effect which cannot be detected by looking at the Pyramid from the ground was discovered around 1940 by a pilot taking aerial measurements. As measured by todays laser instruments, all these perfectly cut and intentionally bowed stone blocks duplicate exactly the curvature of the Earth.

4.The Great Pyramid is located at the exact center of the Earths' land mass. That is, its' East-West axis corresponds to the longest land parralel across the Earth, passing through Africa, Asia, and America. Similarly, the longest land Meridian, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Antarctica, also passes right through the Pyramid. The odds of the Pyramid being built in this exact spot are 1 in 3 billion.

So it seems our Egyptian friends would have to know a mathematical concept they didn't have, the exact length of the year, the exact curvature of an Earth no one had yet mapped out accurately, and the exact center of the Earths' land-mass including continents they didn't know existed. Not only that they had to incorporate all this knowledge into construction of one monument.

I'd also like to point out that the Pyramid would have collapsed under it's own weight if it were'nt for the fact that a small Granite mountan exists right under it. How did they know it was there? They certainly didn't have advanced mining equipment to check.

* I would have liked to attach an image of heiroglyphics for you but I've been unable to make photo attachments work thus far. I feel that using a link during a formal debate is a cop-out so I'll concede that one point in your favor.

**Edited by Falco Rex, 02 June 2004 - 12:42 PM.**