New Research Indicates the Pyramids Weren’t Built the Way You Were Taught

Like many young geeks, when I was a kid I wanted to be an archaeologist–and a paleontologist–when I grew up. Nothing sounded so exciting as discovering ancient cities, unearthing forgotten cultures, and also, if I had the time, naming a dinosaur after myself. Well, I eventually found other career paths, but I still love history and am always on the lookout for neat news in archaeology. This morning, I was not disappointed.

New archaeological research is changing the way we view our past. According to researchers in Egypt, it appears that the Pyramids might not have been built the way we thought. And no, I’m not talking about alien architecture here.

Since the 1990s, archaeologists have been working on an area near the great pyramids and now believe they have unearthed the tombs of the paid laborers behind one of the world’s most awe-inspiring constructions. For centuries, it’s been understood that slaves were behind the pyramids, but experts challenge that with these new discoveries, which date from the 4th Dynasty, or 2575 B.C. to 2467 B.C.

A few things that archaeologists have discovered include some surprising details. For instance, Zahi Hawass, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, believes that there were approximately 10,000 laborers working on the construction of the great pyramids. It also took 21 cattle and 23 sheep a day to feed them. Hawass explains: “These tombs were built beside the king’s pyramid, which indicates that these people were not by any means slaves. If they were slaves, they would not have been able to build their tombs beside their king’s.”

In addition, is appears that laborers only worked for three months out of the year, then being rotated out of the job. Hawass also believes that the individuals buried in the tombs are laborers who died during their term as builders.

Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at American University in Cairo, put the discovery in perspective: “It is important to find tombs that belong to lower class people that are not made out of stone that tell you about the social organization and the relative wealth of a range of people.”

[via MSNBC – Image via AP Photo]

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47 Responses to New Research Indicates the Pyramids Weren’t Built the Way You Were Taught

  1. So, they weren’t built by manual labor with stone ?

    Otherwise, learn basic English language skills.
    Because it seems you meant to say ” New Research Indicates not all Pyramids Were Built by Slaves As We Were Taught”

    However there is no indication that there were not slaves used in the labor. There is only evidence that indicates not all laborers were slaves.

    Maybe these were Pyramids built after the slaves left. I think I read about that somewhere.
    Or, maybe these were built by a greedy Pharoah when the slaves were not numerous enough to build all of the Pyramids he desired, requiring additional laborers.

  2. So, they weren't built by manual labor with stone ?

    Otherwise, learn basic English language skills.

    Because it seems you meant to say " New Research Indicates not all Pyramids Were Built by Slaves As We Were Taught"

    However there is no indication that there were not slaves used in the labor. There is only evidence that indicates not all laborers were slaves.

    Maybe these were Pyramids built after the slaves left. I think I read about that somewhere.

    Or, maybe these were built by a greedy Pharoah when the slaves were not numerous enough to build all of the Pyramids he desired, requiring additional laborers.

  3. jeff stone, are you completely retarded? The author is not saying that there were not slaves used but that more laborers than previously believed were involved. Maybe you should take a second to look at a theory and actually think the theory out completly befor asking if some one is retarded. ar-tard

    • I think that the author should consider that the housing was for the local task-masters, not the slaves that built the pyramids.

  4. jeff stone, are you completely retarded? The author is not saying that there were not slaves used but that more laborers than previously believed were involved. Maybe you should take a second to look at a theory and actually think the theory out completly befor asking if some one is retarded. ar-tard

    • I think that the author should consider that the housing was for the local task-masters, not the slaves that built the pyramids.

  5. This is NOT a new discovery. Egyptologists have known this for several years now, seeing as it was a special on PBS several years ago.

  6. This is NOT a new discovery. Egyptologists have known this for several years now, seeing as it was a special on PBS several years ago.

    • yeah I know…I've known this for like 3 years and It's nthng new and for the ppl who keep saying that's not true…Bring proof and then we'll talk.

  7. The oldest pyramid of King Khifu in Egypt, was not built around 3500 BC as believed. The slaves or the paid workers as modern Egyptologists claim now, were only used to reveal or uncover the already built and subsequently buried pyramid, which was actually built by the Nephilim, some millennia earlier.

    Many millennia later, the Egyptian Kings and their architects (who had uncovered those pyramids using their slaves or hired labourers, around 3500 BC) merely copied the design for their own tombs.

  8. The oldest pyramid of King Khifu in Egypt, was not built around 3500 BC as believed. The slaves or the paid workers as modern Egyptologists claim now, were only used to reveal or uncover the already built and subsequently buried pyramid, which was actually built by the Nephilim, some millennia earlier.

    Many millennia later, the Egyptian Kings and their architects (who had uncovered those pyramids using their slaves or hired labourers, around 3500 BC) merely copied the design for their own tombs.

  9. What a surprise,i was said that the labors even had a camp on site,and i dont mean a slave site,it was more like a building site with canteen,site office,and acomodation,other vilagers would even be drawn into this places to sell theyr stuff…yep…

  10. What a surprise,i was said that the labors even had a camp on site,and i dont mean a slave site,it was more like a building site with canteen,site office,and acomodation,other vilagers would even be drawn into this places to sell theyr stuff…yep…

  11. My history professor, Dr. Pappas, at Sam Houston State University, taught us this nearly ten years ago. Pyramids were holy places to the Egyptians, and slaves, especially those that didn't follow the prevalent religious beliefs of their masters (i.e., the Hebrews), wouldn't be allowed to even touch them, much less take part in their construction.

  12. My history professor, Dr. Pappas, at Sam Houston State University, taught us this nearly ten years ago. Pyramids were holy places to the Egyptians, and slaves, especially those that didn’t follow the prevalent religious beliefs of their masters (i.e., the Hebrews), wouldn’t be allowed to even touch them, much less take part in their construction.

  13. I think the SEIU organized and built them in return for the election. It was big unions at the time who ruled a Pharaoh by labor strikes and card check was the way all masons had to join so if the Pharaoh was to punish the union he may not get prepared for the afterlife.

    I am of Egyptian organizer heritage.

    TuKahnMahfia Youah

    Son Of ThreeKahn Buildaforfoodah

  14. I think the SEIU organized and built them in return for the election. It was big unions at the time who ruled a Pharaoh by labor strikes and card check was the way all masons had to join so if the Pharaoh was to punish the union he may not get prepared for the afterlife.
    I am of Egyptian organizer heritage.
    TuKahnMahfia Youah
    Son Of ThreeKahn Buildaforfoodah

  15. Yeah,this is kinda old news but it makes sense that the populace would willingly toil to build the Pyramids or any of the Pharoahs edifices for that matter.After all, the Pharoah was a God. It would have been an honor and privilege to serve a God. Not to mention they ate well, which was probably a real perk for the common people as it still is in Egypt even today.

  16. Yeah,this is kinda old news but it makes sense that the populace would willingly toil to build the Pyramids or any of the Pharoahs edifices for that matter.After all, the Pharoah was a God. It would have been an honor and privilege to serve a God. Not to mention they ate well, which was probably a real perk for the common people as it still is in Egypt even today.

  17. yeah I know…I’ve known this for like 3 years and It’s nthng new and for the ppl who keep saying that’s not true…Bring proof and then we’ll talk.

  18. Clearly the Article is Mis-titled. When I read "New Research Indicates the Pyramids Weren’t Built the Way You Were Taught", I thought, cool, maybe they have finally found some pyramid info of value to me. I've been interested in the Pyramids for years, and have my own theory on how they were built. I should have known to run when I read the last part of the title which suggests the author knows exactly what information has been taught to everyone re: Pyramid building.

    [Note] I just re-read the article to make sure I'm not jumping on the author unjustly, but after a second read through, I'm sure now, this article is a piece of crap.

    Lets examine it:

    First off, the title suggests a major discovery – a must read for all who are even the slightest bit enlightened – or would like to be.

    I was surprised that the article opens up about the authors apparent failure to find a job that he would've enjoyed more than whatever it is he does now. I pray that he doesn't work for my government in any official capacity that would have him writing out policy.

    Nevertheless, I read on, hoping to find something of value here (to support my theory), about how [that's HOW], not "who" built the Pyramids. I already know that somebody (or something) built the Pyramids. Hence, this story was a giant bunch of nothing for me.

    The title should have read more like the following: "New Research Indicates the Pyramids Weren’t Built (for the most part) by Slaves as Many of You Were (seemingly) Taught".

    Or perhaps, "New Research and the discovery of Lots of Sheep and Cattle carcasses (the food choice of the rich), Indicates the builders of the Pyramids Didn't Have it So Bad (as slaves would) as Many of You Were (seemingly) Taught".

    Or better Yet: "New Research on recently discovered tombs along with proportionally high numbers of Sheep and Cattle carcasses , Indicates the builders of the Pyramids weren't all slaves, as Many of You Were (seemingly) Taught, because they Really Pigged Out!"

    If the article was titled as I suggest, I would not have bothered to read it.

    [note 2] some data on just how far 21 cattle and 23 sheep a day goes toward feeding 10,000 workers would have been helpful. Isn't it quite possible, that they were, in fact, starving? I imagine it could have been hard work.

    Other problems with this piece:

    I started to become really worried when I noticed that I was into the third paragraph and had yet to wet my whistle on any fact or, well anything at all.

    Then finally something – the part about the "paid workers". Huh? Were they buried with their wallets or something? But even this statement is weakened as the author uses the word "believe".

    "archaeologists … believe they've unearthed tombs of the paid laborers"

    I went ahead and let that slide too as I was now heading into paragraph 4 and could see that there was not much left to the piece so I settled in and got ready for the impending revelation!

    Paragraph 4 however, like the others, disappoints right out of the gate: "A few things .. archaeologists .. discovered include .. surprising details." At this point , I'm thinking, if the author would only disclose one (discovery), then I could be the judge, whether it is "surprising".

    By now I can see there are only a few lines left to read so the author surely will now roll out our first substantial piece of useful fact or information – and what is it?

    "Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt’s … Antiquities, 'believes' .. approximately 10,000 laborers.. ate 21 cattle and 23 sheep a day. .. their tombs beside the king’s, .. indicates the people weren't .. slaves” Then we are treated to, "It appears that workers worked 3 months and then rotated out" – with absolutely nothing to support it.

    "He believes"? It "indicates"? "It appears"? Are you kidding me?

    Finally we get what appears to be the only real fact this story offers which is that people were buried near the Pyramids. It comes in the form, "Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at American University in Cairo, put the discovery in perspective: “It is important to find tombs that belong to lower class people that are not made out of stone that tell you about the social organization and the relative wealth of a range of people.”

    Well, thank you, doctor.

    You know, the more I look at this, it really begins to make me wonder if the news organizations (which have suffered severely due to the internet) are behind this. The title suggests an article written by a literate author, what follows is so pathetic it almost cannot be from the same author, unless this is a deliberate attempt to show how worthless news articles not backed by reliable news agencies are.

    Anywho, for those of you who bothered to read this far, here is something you may find worthy. Any constructive critic is welcomed.

    I think the Pyramids were probably built using locks; the kind used in canals to float boats upwards into the next (higher) level of a canal. Of coarse that is only if they were built without the use of some supernatural magic and probably by humans who evolved here on earth exclusively. The problem with that, of corse, is the fact that archeological records of man seem to only go back for a short period of time (relatively speaking). This seems to suggest the more probable reality is that man was placed here on earth from some other place; making earth a colony of that other place. In that case, I guess that it could be said that the Pyramids were built by aliens, who were our ancestors. This opens up a whole different can of worms, and that could take years to fully cover. Good Luck to all!

  19. Clearly the Article is Mis-titled. When I read “New Research Indicates the Pyramids Weren’t Built the Way You Were Taught”, I thought, cool, maybe they have finally found some pyramid info of value to me. I’ve been interested in the Pyramids for years, and have my own theory on how they were built. I should have known to run when I read the last part of the title which suggests the author knows exactly what information has been taught to everyone re: Pyramid building.

    [Note] I just re-read the article to make sure I’m not jumping on the author unjustly, but after a second read through, I’m sure now, this article is a piece of crap.

    Lets examine it:
    First off, the title suggests a major discovery – a must read for all who are even the slightest bit enlightened – or would like to be.
    I was surprised that the article opens up about the authors apparent failure to find a job that he would’ve enjoyed more than whatever it is he does now. I pray that he doesn’t work for my government in any official capacity that would have him writing out policy.
    Nevertheless, I read on, hoping to find something of value here (to support my theory), about how [that’s HOW], not “who” built the Pyramids. I already know that somebody (or something) built the Pyramids. Hence, this story was a giant bunch of nothing for me.

    The title should have read more like the following: “New Research Indicates the Pyramids Weren’t Built (for the most part) by Slaves as Many of You Were (seemingly) Taught”.

    Or perhaps, “New Research and the discovery of Lots of Sheep and Cattle carcasses (the food choice of the rich), Indicates the builders of the Pyramids Didn’t Have it So Bad (as slaves would) as Many of You Were (seemingly) Taught”.

    Or better Yet: “New Research on recently discovered tombs along with proportionally high numbers of Sheep and Cattle carcasses , Indicates the builders of the Pyramids weren’t all slaves, as Many of You Were (seemingly) Taught, because they Really Pigged Out!”
    If the article was titled as I suggest, I would not have bothered to read it.

    [note 2] some data on just how far 21 cattle and 23 sheep a day goes toward feeding 10,000 workers would have been helpful. Isn’t it quite possible, that they were, in fact, starving? I imagine it could have been hard work.

    Other problems with this piece:
    I started to become really worried when I noticed that I was into the third paragraph and had yet to wet my whistle on any fact or, well anything at all.

    Then finally something – the part about the “paid workers”. Huh? Were they buried with their wallets or something? But even this statement is weakened as the author uses the word “believe”.
    “archaeologists … believe they’ve unearthed tombs of the paid laborers”
    I went ahead and let that slide too as I was now heading into paragraph 4 and could see that there was not much left to the piece so I settled in and got ready for the impending revelation!

    Paragraph 4 however, like the others, disappoints right out of the gate: “A few things .. archaeologists .. discovered include .. surprising details.” At this point , I’m thinking, if the author would only disclose one (discovery), then I could be the judge, whether it is “surprising”.

    By now I can see there are only a few lines left to read so the author surely will now roll out our first substantial piece of useful fact or information – and what is it?
    “Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt’s … Antiquities, ‘believes’ .. approximately 10,000 laborers.. ate 21 cattle and 23 sheep a day. .. their tombs beside the king’s, .. indicates the people weren’t .. slaves” Then we are treated to, “It appears that workers worked 3 months and then rotated out” – with absolutely nothing to support it.

    “He believes”? It “indicates”? “It appears”? Are you kidding me?

    Finally we get what appears to be the only real fact this story offers which is that people were buried near the Pyramids. It comes in the form, “Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at American University in Cairo, put the discovery in perspective: “It is important to find tombs that belong to lower class people that are not made out of stone that tell you about the social organization and the relative wealth of a range of people.”
    Well, thank you, doctor.

    You know, the more I look at this, it really begins to make me wonder if the news organizations (which have suffered severely due to the internet) are behind this. The title suggests an article written by a literate author, what follows is so pathetic it almost cannot be from the same author, unless this is a deliberate attempt to show how worthless news articles not backed by reliable news agencies are.

    Anywho, for those of you who bothered to read this far, here is something you may find worthy. Any constructive critic is welcomed.

    I think the Pyramids were probably built using locks; the kind used in canals to float boats upwards into the next (higher) level of a canal. Of coarse that is only if they were built without the use of some supernatural magic and probably by humans who evolved here on earth exclusively. The problem with that, of corse, is the fact that archeological records of man seem to only go back for a short period of time (relatively speaking). This seems to suggest the more probable reality is that man was placed here on earth from some other place; making earth a colony of that other place. In that case, I guess that it could be said that the Pyramids were built by aliens, who were our ancestors. This opens up a whole different can of worms, and that could take years to fully cover. Good Luck to all!

    • Do your friends nod off to sleep when you talk? Just kidding, but your critique was longer than the article, which we all seem to know was nothing new.

  20. I'd say it's obvious that the pyramids were built by sheep and cows…possibly many chickens.

    but really search Man moves huge blocks ..its an interesting vid on how one man can move huge blocks without modern technology.

    I believe the first pyramid was a place of worship to where people came from long distances and paid tribute..and money ..similar to jews in Israel and muslims at Mecca. It's possible that the next pyramids were simply built to worship the new pharraohs. Kinda like vegas where the new bigger brighter casino creates the new buzz and people come from all over to see it and spend money.History is distorted by religion, but if you pay attention with an open mind to old traditions that managed to survive hundreds of years even into modern day, you see that there is something there that the human spirit craves through faith in a higher purpose to gain some hope and control over the fear of dying.

  21. I’d say it’s obvious that the pyramids were built by sheep and cows…possibly many chickens.
    but really search Man moves huge blocks ..its an interesting vid on how one man can move huge blocks without modern technology.
    I believe the first pyramid was a place of worship to where people came from long distances and paid tribute..and money ..similar to jews in Israel and muslims at Mecca. It’s possible that the next pyramids were simply built to worship the new pharraohs. Kinda like vegas where the new bigger brighter casino creates the new buzz and people come from all over to see it and spend money.History is distorted by religion, but if you pay attention with an open mind to old traditions that managed to survive hundreds of years even into modern day, you see that there is something there that the human spirit craves through faith in a higher purpose to gain some hope and control over the fear of dying.

  22. Scientific research using micro-analysis strongly suggests the pyramids weren't built with stone at all. Not native stone, anyway. The blocks are a primitive form of concrete. The blocks weren't quarried, therefore. They were simply poured.

  23. Scientific research using micro-analysis strongly suggests the pyramids weren’t built with stone at all. Not native stone, anyway. The blocks are a primitive form of concrete. The blocks weren’t quarried, therefore. They were simply poured.

  24. From my childhood itself i always wanted to be an archaeologist and Egypt is my dream place because of its myths, culture and the palaces and their secrets. And now one of its secret has been cracked.

  25. I think the main point is this: If slaves didn't build the pyramids, then the story of Moses in Exodus is a fable. And if the story of Moses, which is the root of two other religions (Christianity and Islam), is a fable, those religions are also fables. It's not much of a stretch then to figure out that all religions are based on fables.

    Also, it's a good thing Charlton Heston didn't live long enough to learn this…

  26. I liked this article but I am left with a question. How do we not know they weren't in fact slaves? I mean, didn't these kings like to have all of their possessions next/near them so they can be used in the afterlife?

  27. I liked this article but I am left with a question. How do we not know they weren’t in fact slaves? I mean, didn’t these kings like to have all of their possessions next/near them so they can be used in the afterlife?

  28. bring proof that it did, and no not a cave drawing or anything, actually proof. ha Im sorry I had to say that because you sounded like an ass. I actually believe that aliens might have had part in it.

  29. It will take another 15 years or so for the planet to wake up completely and as one to realize that Islam is not a religion at all but a mass murdering cult started by a very disturbed evil murderer and pedophile that has spiraled out of control. The source of this evil is Mecca and this will have to be vaporized and all the mosques on the planet will have to be razed to the ground. All the Korans and all their evil cult literature will have to be burnt and only then will peace come. About 2 billion Muslims will have to be killed. There seems to be absolutely no option to this scenario. Muslim means cult member and cults cannot co-exist with the rest of this planet. Think about it ..their population is spiraling and our resources are dwindling and these insane cult members are looking forward to Armageddon. We should give it to them. Let their evil day dreams come true. WHEN WILL THIS START ? WHEN THE COURTS START INFORMING THE GENERAL POPULACE ABOUT THIS CULT. RIGHT NOW WE ARE JUST UNVEILING THE CULT'S FACE .. SLOWLY….SLOWLY… SOON THE TITLE OF RELIGION WILL BE SHORN AWAY FROM IT AND ISLAM WILL PERMANENTLY BE LABELED A CULT. THE MASQUERADE WILL BE OVER AND THE REAL FIGHT WILL START. As it is today the term Muslim in the free world is a spittoon and an insult. Blood will have to flow. is there another way ? The gay theory guy livestock says there should be 1 billion people max on this planet. Today there are nearly 7 billion.. If we minus 2 billion Muslims = 5 billion. 5 billion peaceful people on the planet will be a tight squeeze but it'll be cool. Let us cull these cult members from this lovely planet for their sakes as their evil book instructs them to be evil and not co-exist with the rest of the planet. Let us send them on their way to their evil Allah. Call it pest control or what you will but it will have to be done. Dark times are coming and come they will. A few years back thinking like this would have been ridiculous but with every passing day we encounter more and more of these made-mad-by-Islam people who refuse to live in the present and refuse to see the madness in their thoughts and actions. Locking them up means feeding them and spending resources that could be used for good otherwise. Science is anathema to them and the dirty years of their pedophile and mass murdering leader is the only era to live in ..so be it… Let's get rid of them. Anyone can start an evil cult but everyone can stop it. if anyone has another option that would make more sense let me know. I'm not an Israeli but if anyone should start this mass cull it should be Israel because when the evil mad man was alive and spewing at them they didn't knock him off and look what's happened. It's never too late to stamp out filthy evil. Never too late. We all, bar none will help the Israelis.. We have to ..for our sakes and for the good of this planet. It is said that blood always flows where Muslims go…soon blood will flow where Muslims have gone but it will be Muslim blood that will flow. Non-Muslim good blood will also flow in the fight back by evil but that is expected. We live in interesting times. Get ready boys and girls ..our grand-children will thank us but first we have some sincere work to do even if it repulses us. Such is life. After dark comes light and only after Islam is smashed will come peace for our children's children. We have to make this happen. And the only way it’s not going to is if we leave any Muslims alive. 2+2=4 so few Muslims =few mosques , therefore more Muslims= more mosques , so no Muslims = no mosques .

    So in conclusion : no Muslims= no evil Islam = peace on earth and living in peace and science and joy and laughter.

    Class over. for today . Don’t forget your homework boys and girls. Read up more on the evil cult of Islam.

  30. Yeah right, according to modern scientist we still can't build the pyramids today even with our technology, 120 ton stones that would require over a dz biggest cranes to even move all moving in sync which they can't do. Not enough people living in that region and no they didn't roll them on logs or piled up sand. I believe it was levitation used and the power wasn't from God! Read about the 83 yr old man in Coral Gables Fl that moved a 3 ton hunk of coral by himself! Built a wall and gate out of the stuff!

  31. Read about this couple of months ago… classic case of "jumping the gun" we believe.. yada yada yada.

    They don't have like any evidence of 90% mentioned above. all speculation, which i promise you would have been revealed many years ago… these archaeologists are getting desperate for "solutions" and answers.