The earliest funerary boat ever found in Egypt

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Dr Yann Tristant, Faculty of Arts

The oldest funerary boat ever found in Egypt (c. 2900 BC) was discovered by the Macquarie University-IFAO joint expedition during an archaeological excavation of a First Dynasty elite cemetery.

The funerary wooden boat, discovered at Abu Rawash in July 2012, dates to the reign of King Den (c. 2950 BC).

Transported for conservation to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) at Giza, the boat will soon be exhibited. Its study will greatly expand our knowledge of shipbuilding techniques in the early times of Egypt and its development over the 400 years before the famous boat of Khufu (c. 2550 BC).

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