The Solar Boat

The Solar Boat. Giza, Egypt. Circa 2500 B.C.

Purpose: To transport the king and his worldly possessions across the heavens in his afterlife.

Dimensions: 143 feet long and 19.5 feet wide.

Discovered: In 1954 at the foot of the Great Pyramid in Giza. It was broken into 1224 carefully laid out pieces that made it possible to be reassembled into a fully intact ship.

Material: Lebanon cedar

Prediction: If placed in water, it could sail today.

Location: The Solar Boat Museum in Giza, Egypt.