Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Not Much More Than Mud

Believe it or not, houses in Egypt haven't changed that much throughout the years. The materials that you and I would want to have were reserved for the gods and the dead. I know what you're thinking, why the dead? Do they even care? Well, we don't really know. Egyptians thought that they needed expensive materials to save your body in the afterlife. This included limestone, granite, massive wooden pillars and other durable materials. Isn't that crazy? That means that mud bricks were the only thing left for the living! Mud bricks are made from Nile mud mixed with sand or straw for bonding and to prevent shrinking. I don't know about you, but after one night living in a mud pit, I would want to get out of there as fast as I could.  As if that isn't bad enough, the quarters were bare and cramped. The floor is beaten earth and the windows were small and high up to keep out the sun's glare. Don't even ask about comfy furniture! If you want a different life than this, then I hope you are a wealthy landowner or well-liked pharoah.

1 comment:

  1. HAHAHAHAHA I liked the mud pit thing. That is wierd that the dead where treated better than the living!