Schreiber-Bogen Cardboard Model Royal Boat of Pharaoh Cheops
Colored cardboard model to cut out and paste together!
Material: paper, cardboard
Number of sheets: 2
Additionally required: paper scissors, glue
Useful Tools: scalpel, small clamps and needles for fixing
Manufacturer classifies the models in 5 levels of difficulty:
"Child model": very easy and with childlike motives
"0": Beginner model
"2": Moderately difficult
In 1954 Archeologists cleared two pits on the south side of the Great Pyramid. They were about 31 meters long and covered with 41 huge limestone blocks. In one of the two mines, the researchers found pieces of a great king ship. It is the most famous ship of ancient Egypt and is called solar boat or Sun bark of Pharaoh Cheops. It consisted of 1224 pieces of wood that had survived, well preserved for 4600 years. This was only possible because the pit was airtight and watertight. Out of the many parts of the royal ship, one was assembled with 23 m long planks again, without having used nails. The planks of cedar, which came from Lebanon, were connected by strings. They were drawn through a system of holes and knotted in the interior of the hull. The ship had a flat bottom with no keel and was 43.3 meters long and 5.9 meters wide. It had a displacement of 40 tons. The wooden deckhouse (9.1 m long) is covered by a frame made of vertical and horizontal logs. It is believed that the king ship was built shortly after the death of Cheops and only made a single trip. The body of the king was driven on the Nile to the traditional place of pilgrimage. The six pairs of oars with 6.8 to 7.8 m in length only served to keep the boat on course. In all likelihood, the royal ship was pulled by smaller rowboats. It may have been buried in the pyramid, because it was believed that it could accompany the Pharoah after his death.