Monday, March 13, 2006

More re Wadi Gawasis (Daytona Beach News Journal Online)
"They used ships that were 60 to 70 feet long, made of massive cedar planks they probably collected in Lebanon or Syria, carried to Egypt in smaller boats, then hauled across 90 miles of desert using people and probably donkeys, Ward said in a telephone interview. There, what would have been a 'military-royal-industrial shipyard,' the pieces were assembled and the ships set sail for 1,000 miles or more. John Baines, an Egyptologist at Oxford University, told the Boston University Bridge newspaper the discovery is 'exciting' and could help debunk assumptions that the Egyptians didn't do a lot of long-distance travel."
I don't think that there's anything new in this article, except perhaps the Baines quote, but see the above page for the full story.

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