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Workers' tombs found near Egyptian pyramids

January 11, 2010 | Comment icon 33 comments



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4000-year-old tombs belonging to the workers who constructed the great pyramids have been discovered in Egypt.
The workers were given the honor of being buried near to the pyramids that they spent so long building, the find sheds new light on how the workers would have lived and operated. It also shows that the men who worked there were not slaves as some believed but respected laborers.
Egyptian archaeologists discovered a new set of tombs belonging to the workers who built the great pyramids, shedding light on how the laborers lived and ate more than 4,000 years ago, the antiquities department said Sunday.


Source: MSNBC | Comments (33)



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Comment icon #24 Posted by cladking 12 years ago
Thats the exact same thing I first thought of when I read this article. The fact that a few people died while the pyramids were built hardly proves that some or most of the work wasn't done by aliens. It's not like any of these graves contained a plaque stating that they or any- one else dragged any stones up ramps. The fact is that the builders said that the Gods built the pyramids. Maybe the same Gods had death rays that were used on anyone that got in their way. The fact that there are graves proves only that there were some dead people at Giza. Sibnce this is widely accepted as being a cem... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by OhZone 12 years ago
it is thought that the Exodus is a story put together of two expulsions of the Hyksos from Egypt. The first being the one set off by Ahmose I and the second being the Explulsion of Akhenaten and his followers.
Comment icon #26 Posted by digitalartist 12 years ago
The fact that a few people died while the pyramids were built hardly proves that some or most of the work wasn't done by aliens. It's not like any of these graves contained a plaque stating that they or any- one else dragged any stones up ramps. The fact is that the builders said that the Gods built the pyramids. Maybe the same Gods had death rays that were used on anyone that got in their way. The fact that there are graves proves only that there were some dead people at Giza. Sibnce this is widely accepted as being a cemetary, even a necropolis (a city of the dead), this can hardly be surpri... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by marabod 12 years ago
Most Americans believe that slaves built the pyramids, and currently Hawass is working with the UN towards getting artifacts he feels rightfully belongs to Egypt returned, he doesn't need much publicity. Most Americans may believe that the earth is shaped as a suitcase, but there are ancient papiri with the records of how much food was issued to the builders and how the shifts were formed. Building pyramids (or possibly building the Pharao's graves within already existing pyramids) was a social responsibility of the citizens, not of the slaves at all. This is well-known for more than 20 years.
Comment icon #28 Posted by cladking 12 years ago
The fact that an alien race could come to earth, use their advanced technology to excavate the stones and transport them to the construction site but have to rely on human labor (slave or otherwise) to actually put the pyramid together, shoots a very large hole in the concept. Since there's almost no evidence for aliens any suggestions of their capabilities is mere speculation. I doubt we'll be taking steel mills and chemical plants with us when we first take off to the stars. They would simply have to make do with whatever they had with them. If the Egyptians were already making large mastaba... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by kmt_sesh 12 years ago
Just some observations, since it's beyond my capability to stay away from any discussion that involves Egypt. Several posters commented that this is old news. It is not. The article in the OP's link specifically states that archaeologists "discovered a new set of tombs." The article is dated January 10 of this year. This is a new discovery. It's very exciting but not necessarily surprising. The ongoing efforts of the Giza Plateau Mapping Project and other teams of excavators at Giza will continue to reveal new finds, particularly to the south of the three pyramids. This is where Mark Lehner an... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by cladking 12 years ago
Whew. That was fun. And I feel better now. Not me. I got nothin' ta gripe about.
Comment icon #31 Posted by kmt_sesh 12 years ago
it is thought that the Exodus is a story put together of two expulsions of the Hyksos from Egypt. The first being the one set off by Ahmose I and the second being the Explulsion of Akhenaten and his followers. There is no evidence that Akhenaten was expelled. There is no evidence that he was harmed or assassinated. There is only the most plausible argument that he died of natural causes and was buried in his tomb in the large wadi east of his city of Akhetaten. In point of fact, the religion Akhenaten espoused went on for a short time after his death, and we know his city was occupied for a nu... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by kmt_sesh 12 years ago
Not me. I got nothin' ta gripe about. Then you aren't having enough fun! Kidding, of course.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Orcseeker 12 years ago
The Egyptians believed that would not be holy to have slaves work on pyramids or be associated with any construction concerning their religion. To all the people who believe Hebrew slaves built or assisted in building them, please, L2history.


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