Egypt: Ancient Pharaoh's Boat Transported To New Museum

Egypt: Ancient Pharaoh's Boat Transported To New Museum

Andrew H. Sweet

King Khufu's 4,600-year-old solar boat, intended to bring him to heaven, was transported a few kilometers to a new antiquities museum, Egypt's Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said.

The 42-meter-long (138-foot), 20-ton vessel made of cedarwood was brought to the soon-to-open Grand Egyptian Museum inside a metal cage on a remote-controlled vehicle imported from Belgium for the occasion.

Commissioned by King Khufu, a Fourth Dynasty monarch who ruled during the Old Kingdom, this solar boat is the oldest and largest wooden boat discovered in Egypt. Solar boats were buried beside royal burial chambers because it was believed they would be able to transport the deceased to the afterlife.

King Khufu's boat was discovered in 1954 at the southern corner of the Great Pyramid, also known as the Pyramid of Cheops.

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