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Long ago The Great Pyramid of Egypt was aptly named one of The Seven Wonders of the World Today this very same pyramid is the worlds last Wonder amid several other pyramids The remarkable ruins of thirty-five major pyramids stand majestic near the mouth of the historic Nile River the same hand-built structures that have intrigued natives and tourists alike for centuries for myriad reasons The very first Egyptian pyramid was built around 2650 BC at Saqqara Mendelssohn Page 106 This and other pyramids were built by gangs of workmen and slaves obeying harsh commands by the pharaohs kings who ruled ancient Egypt at the time Because money had not yet been invented people paid taxes to the kind by giving him goods and at certain times working for him Millard Page 12 Today its called slave labor The people of the time worked quite diligently because the King fed and clothed them while they labored for him and they knew the work would please the gods Mendelssohn Page 42 These workers were very skilled in using copper chisels wooden mallets and wedges to cut the block into different shapes and sizes The masons who cut the casing stones of the Great Pyramid were so skillful that someone could not even fit a sheet of paper between the stones Lehner Page 14 Some pyramids took up to twenty years to complete while exhausting a million or more workers to build The men didnt matter as much as the pyramids the pharaohs reasoned Space availability and flatness of land were essential keys when choosing the sites for pyramids More importantly accuracy was vital in the building the pyramids To accomplish this the Egyptians used measuring tools such as wooden rods and chalk lines Fakhry Page 27 Workmen including engineers designers architects master masons surveyors toolmakers and quarrymen all brought mud from the Nile to build a mud wall around the four sides of the square Pace
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