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Pyramids Not Built By Slaves
01.10.2010
02:55 pm
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According to just-released findings, the pyramids of Egypt were not built by slaves, but by free workers. Which begs the question, how the !^@!* did they motivate people to carry those blocks of their own free will? Promises of eternal life? Drugs and debauchery on weekends? Gift certificates? Fuuuu….

CAIRO (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.

(ABC: Pyramids Not Built By Slaves)

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01.10.2010
02:55 pm
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Mayans “Played” Pyramids to Make Music for Rain God
09.24.2009
09:49 pm
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SIT on the steps of Mexico’s El Castillo pyramid in Chichen Itza and you may hear a confusing sound. As other visitors climb the colossal staircase their footsteps begin to sound like raindrops falling into a bucket of water as they near the top. Were the Mayan temple builders trying to communicate with their gods?

The discovery of the raindrop “music” in another pyramid suggests that at least some of Mexico’s pyramids were deliberately built for this purpose. Some of the structures consist of a combination of steps and platforms, while others, like El Castillo, resemble the more even-stepped Egyptian pyramids.

(Notably, this news comes on the same day as the announced discovery of water on the moon.)

(Mayans “Played” Pyramids to Make Music for Rain God via New Scientist)

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09.24.2009
09:49 pm
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