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Explore a Pharaoh's Boat

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Paneling
Khufu's craftsmen appear to have designed the deckhouse for easy disassembly: The structure consists of 22 prefabricated, individually framed cedar panels. Some scholars have drawn on this point to suggest that the ship was never meant to be used in this world, but rather to be interred with the pharaoh for use in the afterlife. This ship and another, in fact—a second dismantled boat lies in another rock-cut pit nearby, unexcavated.


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