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Mastaba is a monument type in Pharaoh.

General InformationEdit

Mastabas are the first monuments available: relatively simple tombs made of brick. They are the simplest and often fastest monuments to erect.

Mastabas require Work Camps and Bricklayers to erect. First, peasants clear the soil of the construction site until they expose the bedrock. Then bricklayers build the mastaba layer by layer, receiving shipments of bricks hauled in by additional peasants. Peasants only deliver bricks when four hundred units or more accumulate in one storage yard.

Unlike most monuments, mastabas require no wood whatsoever to build.

Mastabas come in three sizes: small, medium, and large.

Historical InformationEdit

Mastabas are so named because they resemble benches for the Arabian peoples who discovered them: flat-roofed and rectangular. In Ancient Egyptian, they were known as Pr-djt (eternal house). They were popular as burial sites for Pharaohs or other important individuals in the Pre-Dynastic Period to the Old Kingdom. They were largely superseded by pyramids and then rock-cut tombs in later Egyptian history.

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