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Two 4,500-Year-Old Houses Were Just Discovered Near the Pyramids of Giza

A look into the our great ancestors' residences.

Archeologists have discovered two ancient houses dating back 4500 years near the Giza pyramid of Menkaure, according to Live Science.

They are thought to have belonged to officials responsible for feeding a large paramilitary force as well as the workers constructing the Pyramid of Menkaure, and to a priest belonging to an old institution called the wadaat.

The ancient structures were found in a region that used to be a major port, and are situated next to a series of “galleries” that were home to over 1000 people, according to Live Science. Evidence found close to the two homes suggests that they served a major role in food production, as feeding occupants of the galleries would require thousands of pounds of food each day. Also, an object thought to have been used for brewing and breadmaking was found next to the suspected priest’s home. Brewing? It seems like their weekends might not have been very different from ours.

Last November, researchers discovered a massive secret chamber within the great Pyramid of Giza; the 100 foot long room was found using cosmic rays, which work by detecting anomalies and voids within the pyramids. It's been suggested that this passage could be a "construction gap" which allowed workers to access the Grand Gallery and King's Chamber while the rest of the pyramid was built.

Main image from Daily Mail