Khufu ship carbon dating
A fleet of the oldest built wooden boats in the world, located in the desert sands of Abydos, Egypt-more than eight miles from the river Nile-are painstakingly being excavated by archeologists.
The work is revealing remarkable new evidence about the wealth, power and technological prowess of the earliest days of Egyptian civilization.
Farouk Hosni, and the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. To date, 14 of the large vessels, dating from 3000 B. and estimated to be between 60 and 80 feet long, have been identified, and a large section of one boat has been exposed, conserved and studied by a team of archeologists from the University of Pennsylvania Museum, Yale University and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University working under permit from Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.The conservation component of the Abydos Boats project is financed by the Egyptian Antiquities Project of the American Research Center in Egypt, under its grant from the United States Agency for International Development. David O'Connor, the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and Curator Emeritus and Research Associate, Egyptian Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum, has been working at Abydos since 1967 and is Project Director for the Abydos Boats project and co-director, with Dr.William Kelly Simpson of Yale University, of the long-running multi-faceted Abydos Expedition."Ancient Egypt is a riverine civilization, yet before these boats were discovered, we knew very little-beyond representations on ancient pots-about ancient Egyptian boats earlier than the reign of Khufu, one of the greatest fourth dynasty pharaohs," noted Dr. "These boats provide us with a window into better understanding Egypt at the dawn of its extraordinary, long- lived civilization.Moreover, recent excavations have confirmed our original guess.