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Archaeologist discovers ancient ships in Egypt

Really interesting article with pictures!
It must have been an amazing experience to find two caves totally untouched with bits of ships in them...

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Kathryn Bard had the best Christmas ever this past December when she discovered the well-preserved timbers and riggings of pharaonic seafaring ships inside two man-made caves on Egypt's Red Sea coast.

They are the first pieces ever recovered from Egyptian seagoing vessels, and along with hieroglyphic inscriptions found near one of the caves, they promise to shed light on an elaborate network of ancient Red Sea trade.

Bard, a CAS associate professor of archaeology, and her former student Chen Sian Lim had been shoveling sand for scarcely an hour on their first day of excavation on a parched bluff rising from the shore at Wadi Gawasis when a fist-sized hole appeared in the hillside.
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I stuck my hand in, and that was the entrance to the first cave. Things like that don't happen very often in archaeology.

Led by Bard and Italian archaeologist Rodolfo Fattovich, the team uncovered the rectangular entrance to a second cave, constructed with cedar beams and blocks of limestone that were former ship anchors.

Inside they found a network of larger rooms and an assortment of nautical items, among them ropes, a wooden bowl, and a mesh bag.

She also found two curved cedar planks that were probably the steering oars on a 70-foot-long ship from Queen Hatshepsut's famous 15th-century b.c. naval expedition to Punt, a trade destination somewhere in the southern Red Sea region.

Buried in sand outside the second cave, Bard found a piece of rope still tied in what she believes is a sailor's knot.
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It must have come from a ship, it couldn't have been used for anything else.

Fragments of pottery scattered near the artifacts date to Egypt's early 18th dynasty, circa 1500 b.c., around the time Hatshepsut reigned.
By netchicken: posted on 19-3-2005

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