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How did 10,000 pyramid builders get fed ?

Posted on Monday, 29 April, 2013 | Comment icon 24 comments

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A workers' town known as 'the Lost City of the Pyramid Builders' has been found near the Giza pyramids.

Located about 400m from the Sphinx, the town would have been used to house and feed the 10,000 strong army of workers tasked with constructing the pyramids. Far from living in slave-like conditions however, the workers would have been well looked after during their time there. Animal bone findings and nutritional data have revealed a meat-rich diet while evidence of healed bones in worker skeletons shows that the builders would have had access to medical care.

"People were taken care of, and they were well fed when they were down there working, so there would have been an attractiveness to that," said researcher Richard Redding. "They probably got a much better diet than they got in their village."

"The builders of the famous Giza pyramids in Egypt feasted on food from a massive catering-type operation, the remains of which scientists have discovered at a workers' town near the pyramids."

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Comment icon #15 Posted by Kludge808 on 1 May, 2013, 4:08
Average weight per block on the Cheops pyramid was 2.5 tons...where the heck did you get 10,000? The voices from the mothership told him so it's got to be true.
Comment icon #16 Posted by psyche101 on 1 May, 2013, 5:58
A friend of mine who just got back from Egypt said they had McDonalds there... Look at the pyramids in the distance, do they not make the original golden arches?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Kludge808 on 1 May, 2013, 6:11
Look at the pyramids in the distance, do they not make the original golden arches? ROFLMAO! yep, they do. Made out of 10,000 ton blocks, no less.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Junior Chubb on 1 May, 2013, 8:24
Two Pyramids are more powerful than one. Big Ron rules the world!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Mikko-kun on 11 May, 2013, 11:36
I laugh at people that say humans can't push several tonne. Yup. Go to any warehouse where you handle big packets and you should see people pushing over 1ton weighty loads with the forklifts (human-powered). I'm 60kg and people weaker than me do it every day. My record is 2,5 ton or so in a 5-8 degree uphill when I was in worse shape. If you're a more meaty person you can push twice or three times that load, uphill. oh yeah, just begs the question why they built the pyramids. My bet is they were actually providing electricity through there. If pyramids can be used for that spesifically when yo... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Sheep Smart on 11 May, 2013, 22:28
Perhaps this is a clue..
Comment icon #21 Posted by Kludge808 on 13 May, 2013, 10:22
Must be between shifts since it's empty. :-)
Comment icon #22 Posted by lightly on 14 May, 2013, 0:50
I think the Nile , and the abundant farmland on it, explains how 10,000 got fed .
Comment icon #23 Posted by Kludge808 on 20 May, 2013, 15:22
I think the Nile , and the abundant farmland on it, explains how 10,000 got fed . Nah, it was aliens. The same ones as what built the pyramids. All those folks were simply an audience to be awed by their Mad Building Skillz.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Junior Chubb on 20 May, 2013, 15:33
Perhaps this is a clue.. If you sit in exactly the right place in this Pizza Hut, the red shapes on the top of the Pizza Hut logo (that just happen to be classic 1950's UFO shaped) line up with the top of each Pyramid. This in turn opens an inter-dimensional portal to The Krusty Krab...!

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