A delegation from Waseda University has completed its exploratory research along with the Japanese Institute for Restoration Research, and is prepared to lift a stone cover, consisting of 40 panels, on the southern side of Khufu pyramid (also known as Cheops, or the Great Pyramid).
The uncovering of the second solar boat will now take place on June 23, 2011 at 9.30am. It has been rescheduled from June 22.
In 1987, following an electromagnetic radar survey, a second solar boat was detected in the area to the west of the first solar boat, located on the southern side of the Great Pyramid at Giza. It has been the focus of research since 2008 by staff from the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities, a delegation from Waseda University and the Japanese Institute for Restoration Research.
Conditions are now ideal to remove the stone cover, consisting of 40 panels. The uncovering event on June 23 will take place inside the large tent warehouse, constructed to enclose and protect the second solar boat.
Arranged by the Japanese Embassy in Egypt, the event will be attended by its Chargé d’Affaires Masami Kinefuchi, the Minister of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawass, and the Chief Executive Representative of the Nitori Holding Company, Akio Nitori.