By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Are they still finding archaeological sites by the Great Pyramids in Egypt?

A: Yes indeed. This historic site, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, continues to baffle archaeologists. While we all are familiar with the Great Pyramids of Giza particularly the massive pyramid built for King Khufu about 4,500 years ago, few know of these solar boats that were initially discovered back in 1954 during a routine cleaning of the Great Pyramid. Two boat pits of cedar boats contained ancient relics like ropes and oars along with 18 ancient cartouches.

The large cedar boat after undergoing a painstaking 25 year restoration process is now on display in a museum above the original pit in the solar boat museum. Should you happen to find yourself there, be sure to take advantage of an intricate system of cameras that have been set up to explore the underground chamber, the site of another smaller vessel.

Egyptologists believe these boats are what the Ancient Egyptians believed would ferry the pharaoh, King Khufu, to the underworld. Some say the large boat is what the Egyptians actually used to carry the mummy of King Khufu down the Nile River from Memphis to its final resting place where it was entombed in the Great Pyramid.


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