|Egyptian Archaeologists to Restore Ancient Boat Found Near Pyramid of Giza|
Archeological workers remove one of the limestone slabs covering King Khufus second solar boat, that was detected in the area to the west of the first solar boat, on the southern side of the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt, 23 June 2011. The limestone blocks, consisting of 41 panels that have covered the boat pit for 4500 years, are being removed and the boat's wooden beams will be extracted and reassembled. The boat had been discovered in 1987 after an electromagnetic radar survey. The first solar boat is currently on display next to the Great Pyramid. EPA/MOHAMED OMER.
By: Leah Finnegan, Associated Press
CAIRO (AP).- Archaeologists have begun excavating a 4,500-year-old wooden boat found next to the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of Egypt's main tourist attractions, Egypt's top antiquities official said Thursday.
The boat is one of two buried next to the pharaoh Khufu in what appeared to be a religious custom to carry him in the afterlife. Khufu, also known as Cheops, is credited with building the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Sakuji Yoshimura, a Waseda University professor who is leading the restoration project with Egypt's Antiquities Council, said scientists discovered that the second ship is inscribed with Khufu's name.
Khufu founded the 4th Dynasty around 2680 B.C. and ruled Egypt for 23 years.
Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities, called the excavation "one of the most important archaeological and conservation projects in the world." He hoped its display would boost tourism in Egypt, which has fallen sharply since the country's popular revolution that deposed President Hosni Mubarak in February.
The boat was originally found in 1954 along with another ship, which was restored and is regarded as one of the most significant discoveries on the Giza plateau for its age, size and condition. Experts say the ships are the oldest surviving vessels from antiquity.
The second boat is thought to be smaller than its sister ship, which is about 140 feet (43 meters) long.
Using a pulley system, a team of scientists lifted the first of 41 limestone slabs, each weighing about 16 tons, to uncover fragments of the ancient ship. Over the next two months, experts expect to unearth about 600 pieces from the boat's underground resting place. Restoration is expected to take about four years, and then it will be displayed at the Solar Boat Museum near the huge pyramid, which routinely attracts millions of tourists, boosting one of Egypt's most important industries.
Both boats were made from Lebanese cedar and Egyptian acacia trees.
The experts hope to restore the second ship as successfully as the first. Hawass said the boat's condition was better than he expected. "I was really afraid when I first saw the wood," he said. "I am very optimistic that in four years there will be another boat."
The entombed boat remained untouched until 1987, when a team from the National Geographic Society threaded a tiny camera under the site's limestone surface to see what lay beneath and found it. Other similar cavities nearby were empty.
After receiving a $10 million grant from Waseda University, Egyptian and Japanese scientists in 2008 began preparing for the ship's excavation process, conducting environmental surveys and building a temperature and humidity controlled structure around the site.
After the excavation process is complete, scientists will devise a computerized schematic of the boat to aid in its reconstruction.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
June 24, 2011
Van Gogh, Bonnard, Vallotton: The Hahnloser Collection at Fondation de l'Hermitage
Most Comprehensive Exhibition Ever Staged in the UK of René Magritte's Work Opens in Liverpool
Archaeologists Lower Small, Remote-Controlled Camera Into Early Mayan Tomb
BBC Uploads 63,000 Paintings Online as It Launches Your Paintings; Aims for 200,000 Works
Exhibition of Artists that Reframe Photography Opens at Marlborough Chelsea
Clock Designed for Napoleon's 1801 Exposition, Lost for Two Centuries, to Sell at Bonhams
National Portrait Gallery to Unveil New Portrait Photograph of the Queen and Prince Philip
Economist John S. Tamagni Elected Chair of Brooklyn Museum Board of Trustees
Art Gallery of Ontario Unveils One of the World's Largest Public Collections of Motherwell Drawings
Rijksmuseum Exhibits Rare 17th Century Masterpiece by Caesar van Everdingen
Van Gogh Museum Announces Renovation, Masterpieces Temporarily on View in the Hermitage Amsterdam
Multi-Sensory Exhibition at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts Features 220 Works by Andy Warhol
Bulgarian Artist Plamen Dejanoff's The Bronze House at Hamburg's Kunstverein
Millionaires Invested More in Art, Luxury in 2010 Says World Wealth Report
Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe at the British Museum
Cantor Arts Center to Exhibit Richard Serra's Monumental Sculpture "Sequence"
Artworks that Challenge the Viewer through their Visual Intensity at Paul Kasmin Gallery
Exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York Explores Interventions in the Landscape
350 Year Old Tapestries Cleaned in View of Public at Nelson-Atkins
Morris Museum Opens Visual Thoughts: The Art Quilts of Fiber Revolution Exhibition
Huanghuali Chairs Lead Stellar $11.5 Million Fine Asian Works of Art Sale at Bonhams & Butterfields
Whatami by Rome Studio stARTT Transforms the Maxxi Piazza into a Green Archipelago
Lisson Gallery Milan to Open September 2011
Outspoken Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei: Free in Body, Said Little in First Day Out of Detention
Egyptian Archaeologists to Restore Ancient Boat Found Near Pyramid of Giza
Mexican Archaeologists Discover a Second Ballgame Player at Court in Cerro del Teul, Zacatecas
Major Retrospective of Israeli Artist Micha Ullman on View at the Israel Museum
Florence Wants Mona Lisa Back for a Visit
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Egypt conservationists to sue over 'botched' Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun mask repair
2.- Scrolls scorched by Vesuvius may be read again thanks to 21st century technology
3.- Italian government seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record 45-million-euro haul
4.- Remains of at least five people found in Alexander the Great-era tomb in Amphipolis
5.- Munich poised to lift ban on Holocaust memorial project known as Stolpersteine
6.- Rare coin records smashed by Heritage Auctions at Florida United Numismatists Convention
7.- Bonhams to offer Alan Turing's hidden manuscript on the foundations of mathematics and computer science
8.- Jane Wilson, painter of luminous landscapes, dies at the age of 90 in New York
9.- First exhibition in the UK to examine Rubens influence on art history opens in London
10.- Paul Simonon presents a series of new paintings at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|