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The Khufu Ship & Solar Boat Museum

Listed under Archeology Museums in Cairo, Egypt.

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The Khufu Ship is an ancient Egyptian barge 44 metres by six metres, that was buried in a pit within the pyramid complex of Giza.  It was buried at the foot of the Great Pyramid so it's presumed that it was built for Khufu, whose pyramid it is.  The Solar Boat Museum was built up around it to protect it, though it appears to have done perfectly well without – it's thought that if it was put into water today it would have no trouble sailing – though it was in pieces, as the reeds that lashed the 1,224 planks together had worn away over the millennia.  

It's thought that the intention of the ship was that it would carry the resurrected king across the heavens, but scientists think it's been used in water – maybe to carry Khufu's body to its final resting place.

 

Written by  Clover Jackson.

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