New tomb find at Giza renews interest in daily life in ancient Egypt
New light is shed on the building of the pyramids at Giza by the latest find of workers' tombs, which shows that free men, not slaves, built the landmark structures. The tombs were built beside the king’s pyramid, which indicates that these people were not slaves (if they were, they would not have been able to build their tombs beside their king’s).
Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Antiquities Council, said that this discovery indicates that the workers came from top families of the Delta and Upper Egypt. Workers rotated every three months, and those who were buried there died during the construction process.
Find out more about the tomb discovery on Zawi Hawass's own site here.
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