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Building a pyramid - part 3

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What happened as the pyramid grew higher.  We explain how materials were delivered to site and how scaffolding was used, much like today. 

As the walls of the Pyramid grew higher the workers built wooden pole scaffolding to work on the outside. The ramp that was used to drag stone up to the working level of the pyramid was kept at a gentle slope making it easier for the stone to be dragged up. There would be teams of workmen all over the pyramid site, some on the ramp dragging the stones, others on the outside face of the pyramid fitting the fine white Tura limestone casing stones. But there would be those working on the inside too, building, decorating and preparing the burial chambers ready to receive the body of their King. Boats were used to bring supplies along the Nile to the building site, and not just stone from the quarries but also food and drink for the workers. Water would have to be supplied to the men all over the site as and they needed shaded areas to rest in. Those in charge up on top had no shelter so they would erect awnings to protect themselves from the sun.
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