Skip to comments.5,000-year-old wooden boat used by the pharaohs is discovered by French archaeologists
Posted on 07/25/2012 8:07:19 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
French archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old wooden boat in an expedition in Egypt, it has emerged.
The significant discovery was made in Abu Rawash, west of Cairo, the antiquities ministry in Egypt said.
Mohammed Ibrahim, the antiquities minister, said: 'It goes back to the era of Pharaoh Den, one of the First Dynasty kings'.
The six-metre long and 1.5-metre wide pharaonic solar boat 'is in good condition,' he added.
Its planks are now undergoing renovation before it is put on display in a museum.
The pharaohs believed that solar boats, buried close to them at death, would transport them in the afterlife.
According to Middle East Online, the boat's wooden sheets were transported to the planned National Museum of Egyptiamn Civilisation were they will be restored.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
More wood to be burned by the mullas.
How come the British get all the good newspapers? One nice thing about the internet is that Americans can read contemporary British newspapers.
Was Noah the architect ?
And, those newspapers are in English!
It`s called a “solar boat” exported from Kenya to Egypt by Obummer`s ancestor, who also exported solar powered chariots. Both were painted green and manufactured by Solyndra of Mombasa.
Yup- It was a lot safer where it was.
First they call this a wooden boat, then they repeatedly describe it as a “solar” boat with no explanation that I could find. Why are they calling it “solar” ?
I read the Telegraph daily. Best paper in the world.
I found this on another website...
“The significance of the buried boat is still debated. The Pyramid Texts clearly state that at the end of the pharaoh’s life on Earth, his soul ascends to the heavens in the solar barque to join his father Re.
The arguments are about whether this boat was purely symbolic - part of the burial goods - or whether it was actually used in the funeral procession to transport the body of the king by river to his pyramid complex.
While some scholars claim that there is evidence that the boat has been in water, Zahi Hawass points out that shavings of cedar and acacia found in the pit during excavation, indicate that it was probably built close to where it was buried. While the boat is of the right dimensions to be suitable as a river craft, no mast was found with the components.”
Pictures of Khufu’s complete solar boat at link. . .
Indeed, a museum is the only place in Egypt these days where one can find civilisation.
Apparently the solar boat didn’t work very well. ;-)
“The arguments are about whether this boat was purely symbolic - part of the burial goods ............”
Thanks for the info and the link. It makes a lot of sense. Prehistoric European kings were buried along with their horses. Ditto, I think, for Apache and Navajo chiefs. Inca chiefs didn’t have horses, so they were buried with their wives.
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