Did Slaves Build the Pyramids?

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Live-to-air radio interview on ABC Radio 702 Drive with Richard Glover for the regular Self-Improvement Wednesday segment. 



Discussion about whether or not slaves built the Pyramids at Giza. Topic is related to Dr Sowada's Future Fellowship Research Project.

Period14 Mar 2018

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  • TitleDid Slaves Build the Pyramids?
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletABC Radio Sydney
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/SizeTen minutes
    DescriptionDid slaves build the Pyramids is a commonly asked question. In this session of the popular spot 'Self Improvement Wednesday' with Richard Glover on ABC 702 Drive, Dr Sowada explains that the idea goes back to Herodotus in the century BC. It was later expanded by Josephus in the 1st century AD, who claimed the enslaved Hebrews of the Old Testament Book of Exodus built them. What archaeological evidence reveals, however, is that a highly organised, skilled Egyptian workforce were responsible, supported by thousands of farm workers pressed into service during long months of the Nile flood.
    Producer/AuthorRichard Glover
    PersonsKarin Sowada