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The Khufu Boat


Geological Lecture Hall




24 Oxford Street







This 4,600-year-old ship was buried next to the Great Pyramid of Giza. What can models and a full-scale replica reveal about it?

Free Public Lecture

Bob Brier, Senior Research Fellow, Long Island University

In 1954, Egyptian archaeologist Kamal el-Mallakh discovered a 144-foot ship buried next to the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Khufu boat—one of the oldest-known planked vessels from antiquity—was interred in honor of Khufu, the pharaoh who built the Great Pyramid. Bob Brier will discuss what is known about the design, propulsion, and function of this 4,600-year-old ship, based on recent tank tests conducted on a model. He will also highlight plans to build a full-scale replica of the vessel and to place it on the Nile.

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge. Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented by the Harvard Semitic Museum with support from the Marcella Tilles Memorial Fund

This event will be live-streamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on the HMSC Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.

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