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First Dynasty Egyptian boat to be restored

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Restoration work has begun on a First Dynasty funerary boat which dates back to 3,000 B.C.

A French archaeological mission has already unearthed wooden sheets of funerary boats that belong to an early Egyptian king’s era, dating back to 3000 BC in “Abu Rawash” area northeast of Giza. The mission discovered the funeral boat of King Den northeast of Giza Plateau, indicating earlier presence at the Archaic period cemetery.

During routine excavation works at the Archaic period cemetery located at Abu Rawash area northeast of the Giza Plateau, a French archaeological mission from the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Cairo (IFAO) stumbled on what is believed to be a funerary boat of the First Dynasty King Den (dating from around 3000BC). The funerary boat was buried with royalty, as ancient Egyptians believed it would transfer the king’s soul to the afterlife for eternity.

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