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The Boat Beneath the Pyramid: King Cheops' Royal Ship Hardcover – 1980
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This find will never, alas be seen on tour. Yet it is one of the more fascinating finds to come out of the seemingly endless diggings in Egypt. Discovered in 1954, this is the first known example of a Royal Ship to be so well-preserved as to be actually capable of complete reconstruction.
Incredibly, this ship is more than 4,500 years old, and yet the timbers and hardware were sufficiently intact that an enterprising Arab scholar was able to reconstruct the whole. The completed boat now rests in a glass enclosure next to the pyramids at Giza. (I had the great good fortune to go there on business and actually see this amazing find).
Jenkins tells the fascinating story of the boats discovery, excavation and reconstruction, along with a detailed history of who built it originally and (probably) why. The story is well-told and of interest to most readers.
It is also the story of the dedication of one man, Ahmed Youssef Moustafa, Chief Restorer of the Department of Antiquities at the museum of Cairo. The fact that the boat was ever restored at all was due, in large part, to the efforts of this man and his willingness to wage the uphill battle against the bureaucracy to obtain the funds and the assistance without which the project could never have been attempted.
The book, Pyramids on Water, Floating Stones by István Sörös provided extensive research regarding these boats. He contends these boats were used as floating cranes to lift stones off of barges and place them to build the Great Pyramid. The book I authored titled Lost Technologies of the Great Pyramid also describes this alternative purpose for these fascinating boats.
If you want to simply accept the ideas put forward by Egyptologists about these boats this book by Nancy Jenkins will satisfy you. If you want to know about alternative ideas about these boats you will have to seek out additional books to get a broader and fuller explanation as to why these boats exist.