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Pyramid Builders: New Clues

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Pyramid excavation documentary is informative but dry.

TV Max Educational 2019
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This informative French documentary, which is voiced over in English, shows how individual archeological artifacts create a larger narrative about how the Great Pyramid was constructed. Pyramid Builders: New Clues demonstrates how found cartouches and papyrus scrolls documenting the work being done for Pharaoh Khufu is helping them hypothesize about the importance of each of these sites to the pyramid building process. It also shows the possible ways that large stones, and minerals like copper, were moved from, and transported to, key locations with the help of donkeys, ramps, sleds, and ships sailing on the Nile.

New facts about Khufu, including how long he was in power, and where his palace was located, are also discussed. But occasionally the commentary, including a reference that classifies biblical stories about the use of enslaved people as "clichéd," may raise some eyebrows. If you can move past this, this history documentary offers Egyptology fans lots of interesting information.

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