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Jamie Theakston and Marcelle Duprey attempt to find the link between pyramids, obelisks and temples. Originally the Egyptians buried the dead in the desert, but animals began digging up the bodies. They decided to bury them in underground chambers and built mud brick flat tombs above them called mastabas. King Djoser was the first king buried under a pyramid. Egyptians used different types of stone from quarries in different parts of Egypt to build the structures.
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30 November 2007

Classroom Ideas

View the clip and then ask pupils to write their own scripts for Jamie and Marcelle, to give more information about pyramids, mummies and graves, based on the pupils' own research. They could use books, digital sources and the internet to find out more. Challenge the class to find out about the lives of other rulers apart from King Djoser, or about the lives of the slaves who built the pyramids. Children could then make their own presentations to the class, playing the roles of Jamie and Marcelle.

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