CAIRO – 31 August 2021: Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum El-Tayeb Abbas said that the condition of the wood of the Second Khufu Solar Ship differs from that of the first ship wood.
However, by the use of modern practical materials and in cooperation with Japanese experts, the team succeeded in extracting 1,700 artifacts from the pit of the Second Khufu Solar Ship.
Abbas further explained that an iron structure will be made to be used in assembling the boat, stressing that more secrets about the ship will soon be discovered.
Moreover, Abbas stated that after its assembly, the ship will be examined to determine whether or not the steel structure should be removed. This will depend wholly on the condition of the ship after its assembly.
According to Abbas, it may take about 3 years to restore the ship, in light of the state of the wood that was extracted from the hole during the past years.
The story of the Khufu Solar Ships date back to May 26, 1954, when the journalist and writer Kamal al-Malakh announced a discovery that is considered one of the most important and unique discoveries of King Khufu’s antiquities.
This discovery sparked a global storm of interest, as the ship was extracted from its pit after almost 5,000 years.