Egypt's famed pyramids get new lab to restore pharaonic boat
Egypt's famed pyramids at Giza have a newcomer in their midst: the largest on-site antiquities laboratory meant to restore the location's second pharaonic boat.
|Sakuji Yoshimura, the director of the Institute of Egyptology, Waseda University, center, leaves the site of Cheops' |
second solar boat below the Pyramids site in Giza, Egypt [Credit: AP/Amr Nabil]
Once reassembled, the vessel of the ancient Egyptian ruler will be displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum, currently under construction on Cairo's outskirts and close to the pyramids at Giza.
|Tourists visit the ancient Pharaoh king Cheops' first solar boat, which was removed in pieces in 1954 and painstakingly |
reconstructed, during their visit to the boat museum at the Pyramids site in Giza, Egypt [Credit: AP/Amr Nabil]
According to Zeidan, the Japanese-Egyptian mission has completed the testing of material which will be used to restore the boat, a process that started in 2010.
|A restoration expert treats a giant wooden piece of Pharaoh Cheops' second solar boat which was recently pulled out|
below the Pyramids site in Giza, Egypt [Credit: AP/Amr Nabil]
"We will restore all of it, every piece is important," Yoshimura said.
|Technicians pull a giant wooden piece of Pharaoh Cheops' second solar boat below the Pyramids site in Giza, Egypt |
[Credit: AP/Amr Nabil]
The boats are believed to have been buried with the pharaoh to carry him into the afterlife.
|Japanese technician Kuro Koshi, from Waseda University, controls pulling operation of a giant wooden piece |
of Pharaoh Cheops' second solar boat below the Pyramids site in Giza [Credit: AP/Amr Nabil]
The Great Pyramid is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still in existence.
Author: Heba Afify | Source: The Associated Press [March 29, 2017]