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July 1 2013

Ancient Egyptian Boat Reveals Death Rites of Pharaohs


A find in Egypt may be one of the greatest ancient treasures yet discovered, a 4,500-year-old boat that carried the mummified bodies of the pharaohs.

Scientists are removing the first fragments of wood from a pit in the rocks near the pyramids of Giza where one of the "solar" boats of the pharaoh Cheops, or Khufu, was buried.

Over the next two years, the remainder of the boat will be excavated and digital technology will be used to reconstruct the vessel.

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