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CLIP 5176

Why did Egyptians build the tombs and pyramids?

Why did Egyptians build the tombs and pyramids?
Key Info
  • Why did Egyptians build the tombs and pyramids?
  • Duration: 3:54
  • 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. This clip has subtitles available in Flash.
  • Subject:




  • Keywords: mastabas, burials, dead, tombs, pyramids, King Djoser, Imhotep, River Nile, quarry, subtitled
Ideas for use in class
  • Students can discuss why and how the pyramids were built in Ancient Egypt. Where were the stones sourced from?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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