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"Discovering such a fleet of wooden vessels this early in Egypt's history offers extraordinary insights into the wealth and power of Egypt 5000 years ago and the promise of new information as the boat excavations and conservation efforts continue," said Mr. The Abydos boats appear to be the prototype of the pharaonic boats that appear, both real and in symbolic form, in funerary contexts much later in Egyptian history.Egyptians believed that the king, or pharaoh, at his death joined the sun god Ra, sailing in his boat down the heavenly Nile. No intact boats had been found of earlier construction-until now.ut those who unearth the past take joy knowing that no secret can remain forever.In 1954, while famed Egyptologist Kamal el Mallakh was conducting a routine cleaning at a dig site, he discovered two large wooden funerary boats buried beneath the Great Pyramid on the Giza Plateau.Extensive analyses were conducted of the wood in 19 by Japan’s Waseda University.A technique known as The Solar Boat Museum and excavation site stands dwarfed next to the Great Pyramids.
Moreover, recent excavations have confirmed our original guess.
A fleet of the oldest built wooden boats in the world, located in the desert sands of Abydos, Egypt-more than eight miles from the river Nile-are painstakingly being excavated by archeologists.
The work is revealing remarkable new evidence about the wealth, power and technological prowess of the earliest days of Egyptian civilization.
The work is being conducted under the authority of Egypt's Minister of Culture, Dr.
Farouk Hosni, and the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. To date, 14 of the large vessels, dating from 3000 B. and estimated to be between 60 and 80 feet long, have been identified, and a large section of one boat has been exposed, conserved and studied by a team of archeologists from the University of Pennsylvania Museum, Yale University and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University working under permit from Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.