Cheops Solar Boat discovered by Kamal el Mallakh
In the building next to Cheops’ pyramid is the reconstructed funeral barque of Cheops, discovered by Kamal el Mallakh near the pyramid. The boat, made entirely of cedarwood, is over 120 feet long and is about 40 tons displacement. Over 1200 pieces make up the boat -- and they are laced together. No nails, pegs, or other connectors exist. The boat was discovered in 1954, when the ground was cleared for a tourist road and a series of 40 slabs of limestone were found set into the ground. Excavation began in May and once the pit was opened, it smelled of cedarwood and the pieces of a complete boat, arranged in thirteen layers was discovered. Even the ropes and mats were intact.
PHOTO COURTESY OF: Mike Baird