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How many people did it take to make one of the pyramids in Egypt?

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July 22, 2009 12:58PM

Depends on the size of the pyramid. If you are talking about the Great Pyramid of king Khufu, the Greek scholar Herodotus (c.450BC) said it took a workforce of 100,000 slaves twenty years to build the pyramid. Modern scholars disagree on the number but not the time it took to build. Modern estimates put the total at between 25,000 and 30,000. Amongst this total was a core of 5,000 skilled craftsmen and administrators. The rest were unskilled labourers. Whether the labourers were slaves is a matter of debate. Most likely they were peasant farmers recruited during the flooding of the Nile when no work was possible in the fields. What do you think?