The idea that slaves built the pyramids of Egypt has been circulating ever since the Greek historian Herodotus reported it in the fifth century B.C.
However, most historians now dismiss the story as false.
The builders of the pyramids were highly skilled Egyptian craftsmen, not slaves as Hollywood or some Bible interpretations portray.
According to a 2010 Discovery.com article, tombs containing the remains of the builders were found next to the pyramids at Giza. Egypt’s archaeology chief Zahi Hawass said the builders were respected for their work, so much so, that those who died during construction were bestowed the honor of burial in the tombs next to the sacred pyramids of the pharaohs.
In addition, Egyptologists found evidence at Giza indicating that the pyramid builders ate beef, a delicacy in ancient Egypt.