Archaeologists unearth ancient boat in Egyptian necropolis
On Monday, officials announced that Czech archaeologists had made a remarkable discovery at Abusir, near Cairo, unearthing parts of a wooden boat more than 4,000 years old. Its location near the tomb of a prominent noble is a unique find. Such vessels, used by the spirit of the deceased to navigate the underworld, were usually reserved for members of the royal family.
“It is a wooden boat found near a noble’s tomb – not a royal one. It is the first time something like this has been found by a noble’s tomb.”
Miroslav Bárta, the head of the Czech archaeological mission in Egypt, emphasized the significance of the discovery, also confirming that boats of similar size and construction during the Third or Fourth Dynasty were usually reserved for members of the royal family. It indicated the high standing of the noble person, in life and in death. Miroslav Bárta:
“The boat was found near a tomb that more or less originated in the era of the famous builder of a terraced pyramid and ruler, the Pharaoh Djoser. [The vessel] dates back to the creation of the first stone complex here. Its placement near the noble’s tomb has the makings of a proper historic mystery.”