Pyramid workers paid in vegetables

Inscriptions inside the ancient pyramids in Egypt show that part of the workers pay was in beer, onions, garlic and radishes.

It is estimated that it probably took 20,000 to 30,000 men, setting stones at a rate of one every two minutes, approximately 20 years to set the 2.3 million blocks (five million tons of rock) needed to build the 481-foot-high Great Pyramid of Cheops.

Image: By Ricardo Liberato (All Gizah Pyramids) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons



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