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CLIP 3953

The workers who built the pyramids

The workers who built the pyramids
Key Info
  • The workers who built the pyramids
  • Duration: 2:29
  • The journey of a slave worker as he travels up the Nile on a boat to Giza, where he joins the army of workers tasked with building a new pyramid. This clip has subtitles available in Flash.
  • Subject:




  • Keywords: pyramids, slaves, stone quarrying, PyramidInTheNameOfTheKing, subtitled
Ideas for use in class
  • There are many discussion opportunities around the following: use of the Nile, how the pyramids were built, life during Egyptian times for people at different levels in society. The clip could be presented without sound for pupils to observe and discuss their thoughts on what is happening during each sequence. The class could have a discussion about the ethical issues in use of labour on such projects and on life for those at the bottom of the social ladder in Egypt at this time.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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