King Cheops Boat

photo of the three pyramids of Giza at sunrise

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

 

King Cheops’s boat is displayed in an adjacent building. Along side the buildings is what looks like left over ruble from the building of the pyramids.

photo of the sphinx at sunset

The sunsets behind the Egyptian sphinx

The boat is 143 feet long and 19 1/2 feet wide with an estimated displacement of more than 45 tons, The Cheops Boat is one of the largest ancient boats found to date.

The Viking boats, found in Europe, are not more than 100 feet long.

Discovered in 1954 under limestone blocks and plaster, it was in amazingly good condition with both the wood preserved and also the ropes used for rigging and matting. Taking more than ten years to reassemble, the boat is now displayed in a special building near the pyramid of Cheops(Khufu).

In later years another similar boat has been discovered, possibly belonging to one of his queens, once work is resumed and the new boat is assembled, perhaps more will be known about it. Much is still to be learned of life during this time in ancient Egypt.

Although the boat wasn’t intended for traveling long distances, it is linked to the “wia”, or boat of the sun-god. The Egyptians believed the journey through creation was a boat journey, comparing a journey through the air as traveling up the Nile River.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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