Archaeologists just made an extraordinary discovery beneath the golden sands west of the Nile, at the ancient Egyptian sacred site of Abydos. They discovered more than 120 images of ancient Egyptian boats sketched on to the interior walls of the chamber inside of a building in Abydos.
This building dates back to 1840 B.C, more than 38,000 years. It is said to be a part of a mortuary complex of a 12th-dynasty king named Senwosret III, whose tomb lies nearby.
The largest images are nearly 5-feet in length and according to Josef Wegner, a curator at the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania, who led the excavation, these images show “large, well-rendered boats depicted with masts, sails, rigging, deckhouses/cabins, rudders, oars and in some cases rowers”.
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Not only are there images of boats, but also various other images of cattle, flowers and gazelle.
The archaeologists also discovered over 145 pottery vessels near the entranceway of the building. ” The vessels are necked, liquid-storage jars, usually termed ‘beer jars’ although probably used for storage and transport of a variety of liquids,” said Wegner.