Archaeologists recently discovered an ancient Egyptian boat burial site dating more than 3,800 years old. National Geographic grantee and Penn Museum Associate Curator Josef Wegner and his team made the discovery while excavating the tomb of 12th Dynasty King Senwosret III, located in Abydos in southern Egypt. Discovered was a building that held 5 wooden planks that appear to have belonged to a 20 meter-long boat or its superstructure. The inner walls of the building were lined with 120 preserved drawings of boats of various sizes and details. At the entrance was a unique pile of pottery vessels, usually associated with ceremonial burials.
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Ancient Egyptians practiced boat burial in connection with royal funerary rites. The boats served a symbolic role to serve a king in the afterlife.
Read "Ancient Royal Boat Tomb Uncovered in Egypt" in National Geographic News.
Read an in-depth report by Josef Wegner on the boat burial excavation.
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