Wooden sheets of early Egyptian king’s funerary boats found

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A French archaeological mission has unearthed wooden sheets of funerary boats that belong to an early Egyptian king’s era, dating back to 3000 BC in Abu Rawash area northeast of Giza, Ahram Online reported Tuesday.

King Den dynasty is considered to be the first series of Egyptian kings, who ruled over a unified Egypt. During the period, prosperity and new innovations were witnessed.

The French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Cairo (IFAO) found three sheets. The first sheet is 390 centimeters in height. The second is 70 centimeter-tall and the third is 120 centimeters. Studies so far show that the third sheet belonged to a boat, discovered in the same area last year.

The wooden sheets are in a “very bad condition,” Mostafa Amin, secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Ahram Online.

Amin said these sheets were transported to laboratories in the planned Grand Egyptian Museum for restoration.

Ancient Egyptians believed the funerary boats would transfer the king’s soul to the afterlife for eternity.

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