statuettes found in the tombs prove the workers were treated
has heard of the great Egyptian pyramids at Giza, long thought
to be magnificent monuments built to ensure the eternal life
and immortal fame of the Pharos buried within them. But
who built these wonders of the world that dot the Egyptian
desert? The question has long been up for debate among Egyptologists.
In "The Real Pyramid Builders," an archeological dig on the
Giza Plateau finally reveals the answer. A graveyard for the
pyramid builders proves the laborers were not slaves, but
rather workers and artisans valued for their skills. Dr.
Zahi Hawass explains the discoveries that shed this new
light on ancient Egyptian culture.
Egyptian archeologists, these tombs are rewriting their
tombs, like mini-pyramids are believed to belong to the common
worker. They included coffins built from costly imported sycamore
wood, and jars of beer to quench thirst in the afterlife.
A foreman warranted an elaborate, multi-chambered tomb, with
carved inscriptions. The clay model of a woman grinding grain
is to provide food after death. Clearly the pyramid builders
were treated in death with as much respect as the kings they
built the pyramids for. As Hawass notes, these tombs tell
us about the lives and deaths of ancient Egypt's ordinary
people- priceless discovery.