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Over on the Daily Grail’s User-contributed News Stream, TDG member zsitchin has linked to a news item on the construction of the pyramids at Giza. In the story, Dr Zahi Hawass says that new evidence – in the form of the tombs of those who worked on the huge structures – confirms the theory that slaves did not build the pyramids; instead the workforce was made up of willing Egyptians.

“These tombs were built beside the king’s pyramid, which indicates that these people were not by any means slaves,” Zahi Hawass, the chief archaeologist heading the Egyptian excavation team, said in a statement.

“If they were slaves, they would not have been able to build their tombs beside their king’s.” He said the collection of workers’ tombs, some of which were found in the 1990s, were among the most significant finds in the 20th and 21st centuries. They belonged to workers who built the pyramids of Khufu and Khafre.

Hawass had earlier found graffiti on the walls from workers calling themselves “friends of Khufu” — another sign that they were not slaves.

There have been plenty of theories thrown around over the years about the construction of these massive edifices, ranging from orthodox to off-the-planet (literally). So I’ve added a new poll (on the right-side of the front page) asking who you think built them.