The Khufu Boat

Date: 

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
KhufuBoatIn 1954, Egyptian archaeologist Kamal el-Mallakh discovered a 144-foot ship buried next to the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Khufu boat—one of the oldest-known planked vessels from antiquity—was interred in honor of Khufu, the pharaoh who built the Great Pyramid. Bob Brier, Senior Research Fellow, Long Island University, will discuss what is known about the design, propulsion, and function of this 4,600-year-old ship, based on recent tank tests conducted on a model. He will also highlight plans to build a full-scale replica of the vessel and to place it on the Nile. Free and open to the public. For additional information click here.