Egypt’s Chief Archaeologist Says Pyramids Were Not Built by Slaves

Zahi HawassEgypt’s irrepressible and media-hungry chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass has taken the rare step of changing the official version of who built the pyramids. The establishment Egyptologists may take years to recover … what’s next, Zahi endorsing Robert Bauval’s Star Correlation Theory?!? From ABC News/Reuters:

New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed, Egypt’s chief archaeologist said on Sunday.

Films and media have long depicted slaves toiling away in the desert to build the mammoth pyramids only to meet a miserable death at the end of their efforts.

“These tombs were built beside the king’s pyramid, which indicates that these people were not by any means slaves,” Zahi Hawass, the chief archaeologist heading the Egyptian excavation team, said in a statement.

“If they were slaves, they would not have been able to build their tombs beside their king’s.”

He said the collection of workers’ tombs, some of which were found in the 1990s, were among the most significant finds in the 20th and 21st centuries. They belonged to workers who built the pyramids of Khufu and Khafre.

Hawass had earlier found graffiti on the walls from workers calling themselves “friends of Khufu” — another sign that they were not slaves…

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  • Synapse

    Oh of course. It's kind of like how we do things today. Some people volunteer at the soup kitchen, and others volunteer to haul 2 ton stones around with back breaking labor to build a kings tomb on weekends to relax from their day jobs, and they even got a tax cut out of it!

    Yeah I'm sure that's how it was. More likely, the “friends of Khufu” were literally his friends, or high level overseers of the project, and the farmers were required to send supplies OR ELSE.

  • santosfabian

    ive heard of supernatural work. but, who knows

  • Anonymous

    For God’s sake, get RID of that guy and give us someone who will at least let us take pictures inside the thing! How on earth does he get away with not allowing photography and a full escorted tour through the entire pyramid. It’s the greatest and oldest manmade thing on earth, but the hardest thing to get into so you can actually take a look at it and take your picture.

    Does he think he owns a patent on it? Does the board of antiquity not realize that they can charge a small fortune for private “full” tours and the publicity the photos/videos would get from the rest of the world will result in such a high revenue it could fund their entire economy. Talk about third world thinking!

  • prismax

    For God's sake, get RID of that guy and give us someone who will at least let us take pictures inside the thing! How on earth does he get away with not allowing photography and a full escorted tour through the entire pyramid. It's the greatest and oldest manmade thing on earth, but the hardest thing to get into so you can actually take a look at it and take your picture.

    Does he think he owns a patent on it? Does the board of antiquity not realize that they can charge a small fortune for private “full” tours and the publicity the photos/videos would get from the rest of the world will result in such a high revenue it could fund their entire economy. Talk about third world thinking!

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