The planning of Egyptian architects and stone-masons was meticulous.
It included ground-plans, sections and contours drawn on surfaces covered with grid lines.
Stone structures like temples and tombs fared better, but even they fell victim to the ravages of time, the greed of men, to earthquakes and subsidence.
One shouldn't be surprised by what has disappeared but by how much is left.
(it was) moored at the pyramid Mernere-appears-in-splendor, in safety.[the majesty] of this god proceeded; the beautiful feast was celebrated [for] my lord. I count off time, scrutinize the clock, and establish the corners of thy temple.Then I went to do the extending of the measuring-line upon which ............. Other ceremonies performed on temple sites included the purification of the ground and the interment of the foundation deposit .Indeed, I made a saving for the Palace with all these 5 canals.The construction itself took place during the dry season in some places as flooding occasionally occurred.the line extension) should be prepared [at the approach of] the day of the Feast of the New Moon, to extend the measuring-line upon this monument.