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The portion of the boat hull excavated revealed thick wooden planks, lashed together by rope fed through mortises.
They are in meaning and function the direct ancestors of the famous boat recovered at Khufu's Great Pyramid at Giza and predate Khufu's boat by perhaps as much as 300 years." The Abydos archaeologists knew as early as 1991 that at least a dozen boat graves existed adjacent to a massive funerary enclosure for the late Dynasty II (ca. According to boat expert Cheryl Ward, the mode of construction is unique among surviving ancient Egyptian boats.
About 75 feet in length and seven to ten feet in width at the widest point, these boats are only about two feet deep, with narrowing prows and sterns.
The two newly discovered (2000) boat graves are furthest to the left.
In the background is the brick funerary enclosure of Pharaoh Khasekhemwy of Dynasty II.
The work is being conducted under the authority of Egypt's Minister of Culture, Dr.
Farouk Hosni, and the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Part of the fleet of Abydos boats in their brick-built graves.
William Kelly Simpson of Yale University, of the long-running multi-faceted Abydos Expedition.
To date, 14 of the large vessels, dating from 3000 B. and estimated to be between 60 and 80 feet long, have been identified, and a large section of one boat has been exposed, conserved and studied by a team of archeologists from the University of Pennsylvania Museum, Yale University and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University working under permit from Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.The conservation component of the Abydos Boats project is financed by the Egyptian Antiquities Project of the American Research Center in Egypt, under its grant from the United States Agency for International Development. David O'Connor has been working at Abydos since 1967 and is Project Director for the Abydos Boats project and co-director, with Dr.