Ancient discoveries to be extracted in Giza

A French-Egyptian excavation team has begun work extracting wooden artefacts which formed part of two ancient boats dating back to 2950 B.C., after they were discovered last week in Abu Rawwash, Giza, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Amin said Tuesday.

The two wooden artefacts date back to the First Dynasty (2950 B.C.).

The first piece is 3.9 metres long, the second 0.7 metres.

A third piece, which is 1.2 metres long, was also discovered and belongs to another boat discovered last year.

Amin said the pieces are in poor condition and will be sent to the Grand Egyptian Museum for analysis ahead of their restoration.

Meanwhile, al-Hussein Abdel Basseer, general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum, stated the artefacts are parts of funerary boats buried next to the deceased ahead of their journey into the afterlife.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm