The hunt for Pharaohs boat

Archaeologists has began excavating a pharaonic boat that has been hidden for about 4,500 years in a chamber just south of the great pyramid of Giza.

The boat consists of disassembled beams and planks and is one of two which were buried close to the pyramid as a boat the dead pharaoh Khufu, or as he has been known through history, Cheops, in his journey to the afterlife.

The first boat that was found is in a pit sealed whit 41 stone blocks and was dicoverd around 1954, it was, as the newley discoverd boat, totaly dismantled.

The boat was made of 1,224 pieces and was about 142 feet long. Khufu´s first ship was reconstructed in 1971 and placed in a specially built museum, not far from the great pyramid.

Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s Minister of State for Antiquities has been quoted

It is one of the most important archaeological and conservation projects in the world

The second boat was intended to carry the king across the daytime sky, while the first one was for his night voyage