The Pyramids Were Not Built By Slaves?

4000 year old mud-brick tombs of people who worked on the Great Pyramids of Giza have been found and were shown in Egypt Monday.

The three-metre-deep shafts contained dry desert sand preserved skeletons, which were found in dozens. Found along with them were jars meant to take with them to the afterlife that used to have beer and bread within them.

Popular belief and Hollywood would lead you to believe that the Pyramids were made by slaves but these bones discovered behind the Giza Pyramids are said to belong to paid workers, who are believed to have come from poor Egyptian families from the north and the south. It is also believed that they were ”respected for their work — so much so that those who died during construction were bestowed the honour of being buried in the tombs near the sacred pyramids of their pharaohs.”

But what makes Chief Egypt Archaeologist Zahi Hawass so sure? How does he know that these weren’t just slaves? 4,000 years is a long time…

Hawass would report back to any asking this that ”the proximity [the bones had] to the pyramids and the manner of burial in preparation for the afterlife back this theory. No way would they have been buried so honourably if they were slaves.”

Their bones also indicate that these labourers did work hard as supervisor of the excavation, Adel Okasha, revealed that ”their skeletons have signs of arthritis and their lower vertebrae point to a life passed in difficulty” indicating that ”the pyramid builders led a life of hard labour, though they were not slaves ”.

We don’t know much about Egyptian history though we always drift to images of Elizabeth Taylor and Rex Harrison in Cleopatra


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