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originally posted by: watchitburn
a reply to: kborissov
They would keep your water cool when it was hot out.
A little overkill, but hey it was like really hot out.
The Egyptian goddess of beer was Tenenit (closely associated Meskhenet, goddess of childbirth and protector of the birthing house) whose name derives from tenemu, one of the Egyptian words for beer. The most popular beer in Egypt was Heqet (or Hecht) which was a honey-flavored brew and their word for beer in general was zytum. The workers at the Giza plateau received beer rations three times a day and beer was often used throughout Egypt as compensation for labor.
originally posted by: Lumenari
Which may explain the shape of their ziggurat...
You could have just stumbled on the answer to the secret of ancient pyramidal buildings.
ETA... this also could possibly explain the irrational urge some people have of making empty beer can pyramids.