Schoch was basically John Anthony West side-kick, and he had little knowledge about Ancient Egypt at that time and was used just to confirm what West already knew about the Rock.
thats the impression he gave me , this was back in November and he told me he was in Egypt the following month and would certainly look into the recessed granite block and get back to me.
i will try another email but to be quite honest i don't hold up much hope having spent a few days with Schoch i really can't see how he can be an authority on anything.
Schoch is a devout "the Sphinx is a lion" and will defend that theory to the end.
thanks for all the info on the proto pulley and the general interest ,the image of that recessed granite block has been yelling out at me for awhile now .
SUPPLEMENTARY PLATE 7-9.
The court of the Sphinx Temple seen from the northeast corner of the roof of the Valley Temple. In the bottom right hand corner, Ioannis is attempting to get a sample, observed by antiquities inspectors. At the far top left may be seen the paws of the Sphinx. At the top of the photo may be seen the remains of a New Kingdom temple built to honour the Sphinx (for more photos and description see my previous book The Sphinx Mystery, 2009), during which time the Sphinx Temple was buried and its existence wholly forgotten. In the left foreground, three large white stones may be partially glimpsed, which are the huge chunks of stalagtite or stalagmite from the secret caverns below the temple which were discussed in Chapter Four.
lots of images here
diechecker i believe the date given for the Osiris sarcophagus on the third level of the osiris shaft is indeed 6th dynasty but the sarcophagus on the second level is much older and unique .
The Osiris Shaft
We took two dates from a deep shaft beneath the causeway that leads up to the Pyramid of Chephren. This shaft, which drops 114 beneath the surface, is called the Osiris Shaft because at the bottom of it, there is a replica of the mythical ‘Tomb of Osiris’, a stone sarcophagus set in the middle of a small island surrounded by an artificial canal. Before they were destroyed, apparently by Muslim fanatics at some time subsequent to 1944 (when we know they still existed), the island had four columns at each corner. The site has been so savagely vandalized that that may be the reason why no photos are ever circulated of it, and those which I have taken are essentially the only ones available We have dated the sarcophagus on the Osiris Island and also a sarcophagus on the burial level above it, as the shaft contains three horizontal levels. From our dating results, we can now demonstrate that the third level with the ‘Tomb of Osiris’ was evidently a later extension of the shaft made in the period between the Fifth Dynasty and the end of the Middle Kingdom, when the Osiris religion was at its peak. But the really interesting results came from Level Two. We dated a sample from one of the giant stone sarcophagi in that level and the result was 3350 – 2250 BC. The upper limit for this date is also, like the pyramid date, way back in Pre-Dynastic times. And a median date is 2800 BC, which is early in the Second Dynasty. This particular sarcophagus was also determined by X-ray diffraction analysis to have been made from the mineral dacite, which is otherwise unknown in the entire history of Egypt, having, as far as we know, never been used either before or since for any object, however small. Deposits of dacite in Egypt are uncommon and none have been reported with veins large enough to make a sarcophagus. What are we to make of all this? The Giza pyramids are surrounded by tombs of the family and courtiers of the Fourth Dynasty kings, starting with Cheops. So clearly Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus were fixated on the pyramids that bear their names. But it appears that they ‘usurped’ them rather than built them. So who then really did build them? I have spent a great deal of time attempting to answer this perplexing question. But one thing is sure, it was someone much earlier than we thought.