Located on the Giza plateau, the Great Pyramid is said to have been built over 4,500 years ago for Pharaoh Khufu. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is the only one still largely intact and its weight is estimated at around six million tons and includes 2.3 million limestone blocks. There have been different theories as to how it was built, but the most accepted assumptions are based on moving each of these stone blocks from a nearby quarry and placing them in place.
The narrator said: “The archaeologist Pierre Tallet has found traces of Cheops everywhere on this site, which has not been touched by man for 45 centuries.
“But the real game changer was a totally unexpected find that any archaeologist who has ever excavated at the foot of the pyramids would have loved to find.
“In 2013, between these two blocks, Pierre Tallet’s team found fragments of papyrus, thousands of fragments, which turned out to be the oldest ever discovered in Egypt.
He said during the documentary: “We absolutely never expected to find this kind of documentation on such a distant site.
“Initially, we were looking for a Pharaonic port since we have already discovered several.
“You can see that these were logs kept by a lower level supervisor named Merer who recounted part of the construction of the pyramids at Giza. “
The series went on to describe the scale of the discovery.
READ MORE: Breakthrough in Egypt: Archaeologist Says ‘Treasure IS ALWAYS Hiding’ in Voids of Great Pyramid
About every 10 days, two or three round trips were made, shipping perhaps 30 blocks of two to three tonnes each, or 200 blocks per month.
About forty men worked under his orders and the period covered by the papyri extends from July to November.