The Associated Press , Cairo | Sat, 07/19/2008 5:31 PM | Sci-Tech
Archaeologists and scholars will excavate hundreds of fragments of an ancient wooden boat entombed in an underground chamber next to Giza’s Great pyramid and try to reassemble the craft.
The 4,500-year-old vessel is the sister ship of a similar boat removed in pieces from another pit in 1954 and painstakingly reconstructed. Experts believe the boats were meant to ferry the pharaoh who built the Great Pyramid in the afterlife.
Starting Saturday, tourists were allowed to view images from inside the second boat pit from a camera inserted through the a hole in the chamber’s limestone ceiling.
Professor Sakuji Yoshimura of Japan’s Waseda University says the excavation of around 600 pieces of timber will begin in November. (****)