Posted by Indiana Joe from dialup142.multilinkws.com on November 10, 1999 at 23:35:54:
In Reply to: Another map room observation... posted by ROB T. on November 10, 1999 at 23:16:45:
: The earlier post about the sun's position in the map room brings up a question. Okay, we know that Indy used his notes and the hieroglyphics on the floor to determine which hole to put the staff into so that the sun would beam through to the right place. The info on the back of the headpiece tells only how high the staff must be (and also warns not to disturb the Ark). There are hundreds of holes in the floor that the staff can be placed in depending on the time of year and maybe even a different hole for each day of the year. But since Belloq was just there making his measurements a day or two earlier how come the hieroglyphics are covered with dust as though they haven't been disturbed in hundreds of years? Shouldn't Belloq have used the same hole that Indy used or at least one very close to it? Wouldn't Belloq have made his calculations for the placement of the staff by reading the same hieroglyphics that Indy read? If Belloq covered over the hieroglyphics with sand so that Indy wouldn't know where to place the staff then why would he leave his measuring tape on the floor and mark the building that he believed to be the Well of Souls?
: Anyone care to speculate?
Iím sure Belloq didnít try to cover it up; I donít think he worried much about Indy getting that far. However, I wouldnít say the hieroglyphics are covered with dust as though they havenít been disturbed in hundreds of years; they didnít seem to have that much on them - we are able to see a lot of those holes, after all. Most likely, the (fairly small) amount of sand that Indy clears away was spread there inadvertantly by Belloq (and the Germans who almost surely accompanied him in the Map Room) carelessly tromping around after making the calculations. Itís not as though thereís any way the Map Room floor is going to stay free of sand, what with more blowing in every time a breeze wafts by the entrance, anyway. Just a thought...
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