Visit the Pyramids, and now the nearby tombs of their builders

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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 - 10:00 GMT

Giza Pyramids – Reuters

Giza Pyramids – Reuters

CAIRO – 9 November 2017: Tombs of workers who built the Giza Pyramids are open to the public for the first time since they were discovered in 1990.

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A view of the Tomb - Ministry of Antiquities

The tombs are of immense importance because they, among other evidence, prove that the mysterious structures were built by Egyptian farmers, rather than slaves.

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A view of the Tomb - Ministry of Antiquities

The tombs, which promise "curses" upon those who open them, reveal secrets about the workers.

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A view of the Tomb - Ministry of Antiquities

One of the tombs contains remains of Nefer Theth, a workers' and royal palace supervisor. Curses are inscribed inside his tomb to protect his mummy and belongings from thieves. The second one was home to Egyptian Prince Khufu and his wife Meritites I. All the tombs date back to the Fourth Dynasty (2694-2513 B.C.).

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A view of the Tomb - Ministry of Antiquities

Sine their discovery 27 years ago, experts have been restoring the site as a part of a plan to open more archaeological sites to the public.

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A view of the Tomb - Ministry of Antiquities

“O all people who enter this tomb who will make evil against this tomb and destroy it; may the crocodile be against them on water, and snakes be against them on land; may the hippopotamus be against them on on water, then scorpion against then on land,” reads a warning inside one of the tombs, according to archaeologist Zahi Hawass interpretation in his book Valley of the Golden Mummies.

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