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Date Made/Found: 1473-1458 BC
Material and Medium: Wood
Dimensions: 114 x 210mm (4 1/2 x 8 1/4in.)
Place Object Found: Deir el-Bahri
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J1910.24
This is an ancient Egyptian model of a stone rocker. Stone rockers were used to move stone blocks into place. This model was used as part of religious ceremonies in a temple. It has an inscription in hieroglyphs which mentions the female pharaoh Hatshepsut (1473-1458 BC).

Full-size stone rockers were used in construction projects. It is hard to imagine how the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids, given that they would be a great achievement even today. This has led to many theories including that aliens built them! Pharaohs commissioned the pyramids for their tombs. They had a large workforce of people to call on as it was a legal duty to carry out paid service for the pharaoh for part of the year. They began construction as soon as they became pharaoh to allow enough time for the pyramid to be gradually built. Archaeologists think that the builders used special techniques for moving stone including ramps around the edge of the pyramid to raise the blocks up.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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