Egypt opens new lab to restore Pharaonic boat



Wed, 29 Mar 2017 - 11:00 GMT


Wed, 29 Mar 2017 - 11:00 GMT

Khufu Ship - YOUM7/Hassan Mohamed

Khufu Ship - YOUM7/Hassan Mohamed

CAIRO – 30 March 2017: The Ministry of Antiquities has opened a massive temporary restoration laboratory at the site of the Egyptian-Japanese excavation of the second Khufu ship on the Giza Plateau, according to a

Youm7 report

on Wednesday.

The laboratory is 45 meters long and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and high-tech microscopes, according to the project's manager, Issa Zeidan. Construction began in mid-January 2017.

Restoration Laboratory - YOUM7 - Hassan Mohamed_RESIZED
Restoration laboratory - YOUM7/Hassan Mohamed

A delegation from Japan's Higashi Nippon International University and officials from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities attended the opening ceremony.

Zeidan said the laboratory includes a complete set of scales, the latest methods of restoration including temperature and humidity controls, and solar cell lighting, according to



Restoration laboratory (2) - YOUM7 - Hassan Mohamed Restoration laboratory - YOUM7/Hassan Mohamed

The Ministry of Antiquities has already lifted the longest piece of wood in the Khufu ship, which was built 4,500 years ago.

Zeidan also said the ancient Egyptians built this piece in two parts, which together reach about 50 meters in length.



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