Tomb workers explained

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Egypt discovers workers’ tombs near pyramids

Burial sites are next to king, suggesting laborers were paid and not slaves

updated 4:08 p.m. ET, Sun., Jan. 10, 2010

The thousands of men who built the last remaining wonder of the ancient world ate meat regularly, worked in three months shifts and were given the honor of being buried in mud brick tombs within the shadow of the sacred pyramids they worked on.

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

He added that the workers were rotated every three months and the burial sites were for those who died during the construction.

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