5,000-year-old wooden boat discovered in Egypt

Published: 26th July 2012 11:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th July 2012 11:04 PM   |  A+A-

By IANS

French archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old wooden boat in an expedition in Egypt, the Daily Mail reported.

The significant discovery was made in Abu Rawash, west of Cairo, the antiquities ministry in Egypt said.

Mohammed Ibrahim, the antiquities minister, said: "It goes back to the era of Pharaoh Den, one of the First Dynasty kings."

The six-metre-long and 1.5-metre-wide pharaonic solar boat "is in good condition".

Its planks are now undergoing renovation before it is put on display in a museum, the newspaper added Wednesday.

The pharaohs believed that solar boats, buried close to them at death, would transport them in the afterlife.

According to Middle East Online, the boat's wooden sheets were transported to the planned National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation were they will be restored.

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