Egypt: 'Abu Rawash' First Dynasty Funerary Boats Began to Be Restored

The "Abu Rawash" First Dynasty funerary boats began to be restored. The restoration laboratory of the Grand Egyptian Museum began the restoration works starting with the two wooden sheets of the funerary boats, said Al-Hussein Abdel Baseer, the Supervisor General of the Grand Egyptian Museum Project.

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.

Unearthed in the northern area of Mastaba number six (a flat-roofed burial structure) at the archaeological site, boat consists of 11 large wooden planks reaching six meters high and 150 meters wide, Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said.

The wooden sheets were transported to the planned National Museum of Egyptian Civilization for restoration and are expected to be put on display at the Nile hall when the museum is finished and opens its doors to the public next year.

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