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In Pictures-Japanese Parliament speaker visits Khufu second boat project

Thursday 14/December/2017 - 12:02 PM
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Japanese Parliament speaker، Tadamori Oshima and a delegation from JICA visited earlier Thursday Khufu second boat project.

Mamdouh Taha، Archaeological Director of the project، and Issa Zaidan، the project's restoration manager received Oshima.

The Japanese guest and his companions inspected the project and what has been done so far in wood extraction and restoration.

Noteworthy، A plank of wood believed to be from the boat of an ancient Egyptian king unearthed near the Great Pyramid at Giza، archaeologists said last March.

The boat، which is the second such vessel to be found on the site، was believed to have been built for King Khufu who ruled Egypt during the fourth dynasty more than 4،500 years ago.

First discovered in the 1980s، experts say they have so far uncovered 700 pieces of the boat from the site and now believe that they have unearthed most of its pieces.

“We are celebrating the extraction of the largest plank of wood،” said the project’s main supervisor Mamdouh Taha، adding it measures 26 meters (85 feet) long.

Archaeologists and conservation experts extracted the piece from a pit nearly three-meters underground and moved it to a conservation center located next to the discovery site.

Egyptian and Japanese archaeologists are working on the project with an aim to restore all the boat’s pieces and display them in the Grand Egyptian Museum when it opens next year.




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