Ancient Egyptians used metal in wooden ships
A piece of wood recovered at a dig near the Great Pyramid of Giza shows for the first time that ancient Egyptians used metal in their boats, archaeologists said Wednesday.
|Metal pieces of the second solar boat of Pharaoh Khufu are seen at the restoration laboratory, located |
behind the Great Pyramid of Cheops on the Giza Plateau [Credit: Khaled Desouki, AFP]
|A piece of wood recovered at a dig near the Great Pyramid of Giza shows for the first time that |
ancient Egyptians used metal in their boats [Credit: Khaled Desouki, AFP]
|Excavators and restorers collect the wooden beam that may once have held the |
oars of the pharaoh Khufu's second boat [Credit: EPA]
The U-shaped hooks were used "to place the paddles to prevent friction of wood against wood", said Sakuji Yoshimura, an Egyptologist from Japan.
The Great Pyramid—also known as the Pyramid of Cheops—is the largest of the three Giza pyramids. It houses the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu who ruled more than 4,500 years ago.
Source: AFP [August 31, 2016]