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Friday, February 5, 2016
News, Abu Sir: 4,400 Year-Old Wooden Boat Unearthed Near Abu Sir Pyramids
Abu Sir Pyramids
A funerary boat has been unearthed near the 4,400 year-old Abu Sir pyramids south
of Giza, the antiquities ministry said in a statement Thursday.
find was excavated during routine cleaning of an ancient mastaba (tomb of a
nobleman) carried out by Czech archaeology mission.
is a highly unusual discovery since boats of such a size and construction were
during this period reserved solely for top members of the society, who usually
belonged to the royal family,” Miroslav Barta the director of the Czech mission
was quoted by the AFP.
suggests the 18-meter boat dates back to the end of the third or beginning of
the fourth dynasty.
boats in ancient Egypt were usually made of cedar wood brought from Lebanon,
tour guide Magdy Abdel Mohsen told The Cairo Post.
were either used to transport the corpse of the Pharaoh from the east bank to
the west bank of the River Nile, where the body was mummified and buried or,
according to the ancient Egyptian afterlife belief, served as means to
transport the pharaoh to eternity,” said Mohsen.