Giza, Cheops’ Boat

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Giza, Cheops’ Boat

The virtual model of Cheops’ boat has been produced using reliefs and photos of the original which is kept in the museum by the pyramid.

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Giza, Cheops’ Boat

On the 26th of May, 1954 archaeologists digging in the area around the pyramid of Cheops in Giza discovered an enormous cavity containing a boat made of cedar wood. The boat was completely dismantled but none of its 1,224 pieces was missing.

It was one of the boats available for the dead Pharaoh to use on his journey to the afterworld. Reassembled with long and painstaking work, the 43 m long boat was shown to the public in 1982, in a museum built on purpose above the cave where it was discovered. Another cavity, not far and used for the same purpose, was discovered in 1954 and the existence of three more has been known for many years. The total number of boats is therefore five, as in the case of the Chefren pyramid.

According to the funeral ritual described in the Pyramid Texts, four of the boats were expected to allow the dead king to reach the sky from one of the four cardinal points where he might have wished to go. This would explain the specific orientation of the boats, each prow indicating one of the cardinal points. The fifth boat, without orientation, was probably the one used to transport the sovereign’s body to his pyramid and where he was buried forever after the funeral.