“Using isotope analysis of copper artefacts, they get a match and pinpoint a potential supply.
“Hundreds of miles from the Great Pyramid of Giza, across the Red Sea, in the land of Sinai.
“This kickstarted a mining enterprise that not only supplied tools to build Khufu’s pyramid, but also the tombs in the Valley of the Kings centuries later.”
This discovery points not only to how the Great Pyramid was built, but the entire infrastructure of ancient Egypt thereafter, according to the researcher.
The narrator added: “By demanding elaborate monuments, Egypt’s elites, perhaps inadvertently, sparked a form of industrialisation that allows this growing society to flourish.