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Each of the Khufu boat's 12 oars was carved from a single piece of wood. Ten oars are lashed amidships ahead of the deckhouse, though this positioning is arbitrary: where, or even whether, the oars were affixed is unknown. A final pair attaches to the stern as steering oars. Steering oars such as these appear in funerary carvings and paintings (see final image), and on ship models, right into the New Kingdom, a thousand years and more after Khufu's time.

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