An impressive ancient Egyptian boat from the time of the pharaohs has been transported to its new home at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza due to open this year near the Pyramids.

image sourceEgyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquityimage captionThe Great Boat of King Khufu is more than 4,500 years old, and was discovered virtually intact in 1954image sourceEgyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquityimage captionHeavy machinery was used to move the wooden boat to its new permanent display homeimage sourceEgyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquityimage captionThe theory is that the ship – described as a solar boat – was built to allow the pharaoh to sail across the skies after his deathimage sourceEgyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquityimage captionIt was unearthed in the Great Pyramid in Giza, greater Cairo, which was itself constructed by King Khufuimage sourceEgyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquityimage captionThe vessel is described by Egyptian officials as "the largest and oldest" object made of wood in human historyimage sourceEgyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquityimage captionKing Khufu – who is believed to have reigned between 2,589-2,566 BC – was known to the the ancient Greeks as Cheops

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