4,500-year-old Egyptian ship discovered

4,500-year-old Egyptian ship discovered

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South of the well-known pyramids of Giza are the pyramids of Abusir, an area that is news because a team of Czech archaeologists has recently made an important discovery considered as unusual, the remains of a huge wooden ship that is approximately 4,500 years old.

The remains of the ship were discovered during cleaning tasks that were being carried out in the area, a prolific site that has been working on since 2009. The sand gradually revealed the skeleton of this ship, 18 meters high. length that lay buried next to different pieces of pottery dating back to the end of the 3rd dynasty, around 2550 BC

As stated Mamduh the Damati, Minister of Antiquities of Egypt: “This discovery is of great importance because it is the only ship of the Old Kingdom that has been found next to a tomb that does not belong to a king, which suggests that it was a person of great importance who had a great relationship with the monarch”.

At the moment whose identity the nobleman is unknown since the offering chapel in which his name and the titles he was supposed to appear should appear, it is in very poor condition and it will be very difficult to get any information from there.

Investigations have already raised different hypotheses, where one of them points to this place as the burial of Pharaoh Huni, the last monarch of the Dynasty III who ruled for 24 years around 2600 BC.

They are based on the finding of a stone bowl that was carved with the king's cartouche, but also in the dimensions and orientation of the building. It is believed that the tomb was occupied by a king or prince or a high-ranking official from the time of Huni, being, with complete certainty, a person belonging to the elite of those years.

Although its structure can be differentiated very well, experts have confirmed that the wooden slats are very fragile, so they will take special care when investigating them to learn more about what naval construction was like at that time in history. .

One of the researchers stated that Thanks to the desert sand, some of the fiber slats that covered some areas of the ship have been preserved in an extraordinary way and even some of the ropes that assembled the ship are in their original place and in good condition, allowing for in-depth research.

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