Giza Secret Revealed: Massive Herd May Have Been Used to Feed Workers

April 24, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Giza secret revealed: Scientists have discovered that the ancient workers who helped construct the pyramids at Giza in Egypt were fed via a system similar to a catering service.

LiveScience reported that a workers’ town was discovered south of the Sphynx. The town was used for workers constructing the pyramid of pharaoh Menkaure.

Scientists also found evidence of an animal slaughtering site and estimated that 4,000 pounds of meat from cattle, goats, and sheep were produced for workers each day. Around 10,000 workers may have helped build the Menkaure pyramid.

“People were taken care of, and they were well fed when they were down there working, so there would have been an attractiveness to that,” Richard Redding, with Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA), told the website. “They probably got a much better diet than they got in their village,” he added.

He said that the promise of good food might have been an incentive for people to help work on the pyramids.

Redding said that it took a monumental effort to keep the workers fed.

The effort likely needed a herd of around 21,900 cattle as well as 55,000 sheep and goats.

In February, a team discovered three dozen pyramids in a Sudanese necropolis, dating about 2,000 years ago.

They are smaller than most Egyptian pyramids, with the largest being only around 22 feet in width. The smallest is only around 30 inches