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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (24 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
26 Jun 2013

Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa is flanked by Egyptian media as he answers questions about the excavation of King Khufu's 4,500 year old solar boat.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (22 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
26 Jun 2013

The solar boat museum and excavation site stands dwarfed next to the Great Pyramids. Inside, tourists are able to see the first solar boat extracted from beneath the pyramids. Archaeologists hope that in a few years, tourists will be able to the second, fully assembled boat.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (25 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A member of the Egyptian media leaves the enclosed area where the excavation process has been happening. As a result of the precautions taken by the excavation team, very few people are allowed to enter the sealed area, and those that enter the excavation site are required to wear masks and suits.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (23 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A Japanese reporter examines the first piece of wood extracted from King Khufu's solar boat. The wood was only exposed for 15-20 minutes before it was wrapped up in order to prevent further decay.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (26 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A Japanese archaeologist rushes back to the excavation site to as members from the Egyptian and Japanese delegation arrive at the site. Behind him lies the pyramid of Khufu, the pharaoh whose boat the team has been excavating.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (21 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Flanked by bodyguards, the Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa makes his way to the excavation site to oversee the removal of wood strips from the solar boat.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (5 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The wood from the boat, while degraded severely in some areas, is still quite well preserved. Because of the desert climate, archaeologists will have a much easier time preserving the boat than if it had been found in a more humid climate.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (20 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The excavation site for the second pharaonic solar boat, sits below the Khufu pyramid of Giza. Discovered in 1992, the excavation site also serves as a museum for the first, fully assembled solar boat.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (4 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Members of the press as well as the excavation teams wait in an impromptu tent for the arrival of the Minister of State for Antiquities.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (3 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Leaders of the excavation team listen to the Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa answer questions.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (2 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The Minister of State for Antiquities holds a joint press conference with the leader of the Japanese delegation. The Japanese embassy, along with Nitori Holding Company have played a large role in the excavation process.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (10 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The lead member of the Japanese delegation answers questions for Japanese and Egyptian media. The Japanese archaeologists from Waseda University have leveraged technological advances to aid the excavation process.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (8 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Japanese archaeologists from Waseda University have worked alongside Egyptian colleagues since 2007. They are in the process of removing and preserving the boat, with the end goal of displaying it for the Egyptian public.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (12 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa discusses the excavation process with the archeological team. The wood is at risk for damage from insects and pollution.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (6 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The team from Waseda University will painstakingly digitize all of the pieces that are removed from the site. The aim is to construct a 3d computer model of the boat. This will allow the archaeologists to study and assemble the boat.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (1 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa discusses the excavation process with the teams from Japan and Egypt. Mr Eissa was appointed to this post in May, 2013. Prior to his ministerial position, he worked with early Coptic and Islamic art and architecture.