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Solar Boats Solar Boats
Photo courtesy of The Egypt Archive

Around the pyramid of Khufu, excavators found his royal boats buried in pits. One of the boats was restored, assembled and is now on show in a special museum to the south of Khufu pyramid. The boat had been disassembled in the pit in ancient times and overlaid by large blocks weighing about 16 tons.
It is about 44 meters long (144 feet) and 9 meters (30 feet) wide and is built of cedar, probably from Lebanon. A second boat was found in another pit but kept buried for perseverance.

The boats are believed to be used by King Khufu in the afterworld as believed by ancient Egyptians. Khufu is the son of Re', the sun-god, from which came the name solar boats.

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