Egyptian Tales

Misconception About ancient Egypt

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1- Misconception: The pyramids were built with forced labor.

Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t slaves who built the pyramids. We know this because archaeologists have located the remains of a purpose-built village for the thousands of workers who built the famous Giza pyramids, nearly 4,500 years ago.

The Papyri of King Khufu discovered in Wadi Al-JarfIt explains in full detail the method of building the Great Pyramid of Khufu, and the names of the construction workers for the pyramid

Among the most important of these papyri, a papyrus belonging to a senior employee called "Marar", tells the diary of the work team that was transporting limestone blocks from the Tura quarries on the eastern bank of the Nile to the Pyramid of Khufu via the Nile and its channels.

Most of the discovered papyri show the distribution of daily rations for foods that are brought to many areas in the Nile River. It clearly shows in it, and in my handwriting, a summary of the livestock census No. 13 during the reign of King Khufu, which was once all these years, which means that the rule of this king extended for about 26 years, which was not something known before.

Giza pyramids

It is located on the Giza Plateau in the Giza Governorate on the west bank of the Nile River. It was built about 25 centuries BC, between 2480 and 2550 BC. M. It includes three pyramids, Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. And the pyramids is a stage in the development of tomb architecture in ancient Egypt.

2-The curse of the pharaohs

The ancient Egyptian wrote on the tombs texts called “texts of curses” for everyone who tries to encroach on the tombs, and they are texts to threaten tomb thieves, but the reasons behind what happens in terms of accidents when opening tombs and coffins has more than a scientific and medical explanation and has nothing to do with a curse, and there are more than one event situation that indicates that these curse is just a myth. Some of the walls in tombs have been discovered with a type of bacteria that attack the respiratory system, such as (pseudomonas) and (staphylococcus). Large concentrations of (ammonia, formaldehyde, and hydrogen sulfite) gases were found in the closed coffins after their discovery. These high and dangerous concentrations lead to “a burning sensation in the eyes and nose accompanied by symptoms similar to pneumonia.” These serious cases of infection can develop and then lead to death.

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