Thu, 06 May 2021 - 02:44 GMT
Waziri checking on Khufu's 1st Solar Boat - Min. of Tourism & Antiquities
CAIRO – 6 May 2021: On May 5, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri followed up on the progress of work in the process of transporting the first Solar Boat (Khufu boat) from its display site at the Khufu Boat Museum in the Pyramid Antiquities Area to its new display place at the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Waziri explained that the packaging and reinforcement work on the body of the boat is conducted in accordance with scientific international standards used in the transfer of antiquities, and in according to the set schedules.
He added that the restoration team performs the comprehensive cleansing of the body of the boat before the reinforcement work taking very good care of the safety and security of the parts of the boat during the transfer process, in addition to the use of acid-free materials in the packaging process.
During the visit, the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri was accompanied by Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Archaeological Affairs of the Grand Egyptian Museum Al-Tayeb Abbas, Director General of Restoration and Antiquities Transfer at the Grand Egyptian Museum Issa Zidan and Director of the Pyramid Antiquities Area Ashraf Mohieddin.
The first Khufu solar boat was discovered in May 1954 by Engineer Kamal al-Mallah, which is considered one of the most unique archaeological discoveries of King Khufu, and Egyptian restorer Ahmed Youssef restored and rebuilt the boat.