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Slaves did not build the pyramids of Egypt


Newly discovered tombs that date back 4,000 years have revealed that paid labourers, not slaves, built the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Hawass told reporters at the site that the find, first announced on Sunday, sheds more light on the lifestyle and origins of the pyramid builders. Most importantly, he said the workers were not recruited from slaves commonly found across Egypt during pharaonic times.

Hawass said the builders came from poor Egyptian families from the north and the south, and were respected for their work — so much so that those who died during construction were bestowed the honor of being buried in the tombs near the sacred pyramids of their pharaohs.

Their proximity to the pyramids and the manner of burial in preparation for the afterlife backs this theory, Hawass said.

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Story: Katarina Kratovac, AP | Photo: Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities

2 thoughts on “Slaves did not build the pyramids of Egypt

  1. Hawass was perpetuating the myth that the Egyptians even built the pyramids. Nothing was reveled that paid laborers built the pyramids at Giza, only that paid laborers lived there at one time, more likely giving a face lift and new direction to what had had been built by those who preceded the Egyptians by thousands of years. The Egyptians had a primitive understanding of technology. They hadn’t even invented the wheel, and had minimal usage of soft-metal tools. Until 200 years ago the world’s population believed that the earth was a mere 6,000 years old. If that were true, the Egyptians would of necessity have been the builders at Giza. Now, of course, we know the earth’s age to be closer to 5 billion years, and the age of homo sapiens to be at least 60,000 years, probably much older than that.

  2. Footprints disappear. It will never be clear to us all to understand the unknown. We understand what we must to the clear sheer proof. If we think about it this world it takes pride to be human and had to start somewhere. In the beginning of time we evolved to what we are now mindless of what we have created. We work less now in present time when the past worked hard very hard. In the past this earth place was huge, when today we think small. There are no words to describe or give heading to when we are all the “Norm” striving to work together to build and give help to the cause. The more words you describe something the less it becomes too our scholars today. Just like magic and illusion you see what you want but the true fact is what you don’t. We have become so helpless in the thought of building the unbelievable with our bare hands……………………………………………………………………………..

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