Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Uncovering of 2nd solar boat, Giza

Youm7 (Akram Sami)

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 ChargĂ© d’Affaires Masami Kinefuchi, the Minister of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawass, and the Chief Executive Representative of the Nitori Holding Company, Akio Nitori.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's really interesting! Chances are good that we see some more traces of the royal burial! The role of the boat pits is still mysterious, I hope we get some more hints towards unterstanding them better. There could be literally all kinds of new information. Will they find more cartouches of Djedefre - perhaps even Khufu? Names of workgangs? Is it the same boat as in the other pit, or something else? Will we get a final answer on wether these boats have ever been used in water? Can't wait for more infos!