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We're going to continue our work on the Ancient Egpytians by focusing on one of their most lasting and famous monuments - the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The only one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World left standing, it has fascinated travellers since they were built about 4,500 years ago. One of the most common questions is - how was this enormous structure made without modern machines like cranes to move those massive blocks of stone?

 

Let's have a watch of this dramatisation of an ordinary worker who gets called up to build the Great Pyramid, or as the Ancient Egyptians called it, "Akhet Khufu", meaning "Khufu's Horizon".  The clip is split into 5 parts linked below:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z849wmn

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zwk8q6f

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zqdw2hv

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z2jqxnb

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zx72tfr

 

We've already written one diary today, we're going to have a go at writing one more - can you write the diary of an ordinary worker who has been called up to help build the Great Pyramid, based on the events you've seen above? What would be the main events you would write in the diary? How would you describe what is happening at each stage of the construction? What would your feelings be on building the king's burial chamber, or finally placing the capstone on top of the tallest structure in the world (which it would be until the building of Lincoln Cathedral, 3,800 years later)?

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