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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 (19 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A member of the excavation team examines the first piece of wood from the solar boat. Archaeologists are rushing to remove the remains of the boat to save the wood from the effects of pollution and insects.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (18 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A member of the Japanese excavation team from Waseda University works alongside Egyptian colleagues to prepare the first piece of wood for transportation. The excavators are under pressure to extract much of the 4, 500 year old boat before it degrades.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (16 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Archeologists from the Egyptian and Japanese teams carefully wrap up one of the first pieces of the 4,500 year old solar boat. The boat is believed to have belonged to King Khufu, and it was meant to ferry him and the god Ra across the heavens.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (14 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A member of the Japanese delegation has been tasked with using a 'non-contact 3D digitizer' in order to digitally preserve the pieces as they are retrieved.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (11 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

The Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa removes his mask to answer questions for the media. In order to enter the excavation area, workers and members of the delegations must wear suits and face coverings.

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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 (15 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Members of the Egyptian archeological team take a break as members of the government enter the area to inspect the excavation. All workers wear suits to prevent contamination of the site.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (17 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa talks with members of the archeological team. He helped remove the first pieces of the boat alongside members of the Japanese delegation. Eissa is a specialist in early Coptic Christian and Islamic art.

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Khufu Solar Boat Excavation (13 of 26)
Giza, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jun 2013

A member of the Egyptian archeological team examines a beam of wood from the 4,500 year old solar boat. Discovered in 1992, excavators have been working hard to begin the removal of pieces of the boat for transport.

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Solar Boat Excavation at the Pyramid ...
Giza, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
23 Jun 2013

Minister of State for Antiquities Ahmed Eissa and the Japanese archaeological delegation answer questions at a press conference set for the Khufu Solar Boat excavation in Giza, Egypt. Discovered in 1992, excavators have been working hard to begin the removal of pieces of the boat to transport the 4,500 year old wooden ship.