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Google Celebrates with Doodle: 65th Anniversary of the Khufu Ship of Noah Ark Discovery

Khufu ship of Noah Ark

The Khufu ship is an intact full-size vessel from Ancient Egypt that was sealed into a pit in the Giza pyramid complex at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2500 BC. The ship is now preserved in the Giza Solar boat museum. The ship was almost certainly built for Khufu (King Cheops), the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. Like other buried Ancient Egyptian ships, it was apparently part of the extensive grave goods intended for use in the afterlife, and contained no bodies, unlike northern European ship burials.
Khufu ship of Noah Ark


Khufu’s ship is one of the oldest, largest, and best-preserved vessels from antiquity. It measures 43.6 m (143 ft) long and 5.9 m (19.5 ft) wide.
Khufu ship of Noah Ark
It was thus identified as the world’s oldest intact ship and has been described as “a masterpiece of woodcraft” that could sail today if put into water, lake, and river. However, the vessel may not have been designed for sailing (no rigging) or paddling (no room).


Khufu ship of Noah Ark
The ship was one of two rediscovered in 1954 by Kamal el-Mallakh – undisturbed since it was sealed into a pit carved out of the Giza bedrock. It was built largely of Lebanon cedar planking in the “shell-first” construction technique, using unpegged tenons of Christ’s thorn. The ship was built with a flat bottom composed of several planks, but no actual keel, with the planks and frames, lashed together with Halfah grass and has been reconstructed from 1,224 pieces which had been laid in a logical, disassembled order in the pit beside the pyramid.
Khufu ship of Noah Ark

Google Doodle Khufu ship of Noah Ark

Today marks 65 years since the discovery of the Khufu Ship. She was found May 26, 1954, while working on the pyramids. That is why the Google Doodle development team has released a new pattern today.
It is depicted in the form of an old papyrus on which the Khufu Ship is drawn from the side and from above. There is also a logo in the form of Egyptian symbols and the date 1954, which indicates the year of the find. In addition, the authors drew a small image of the pyramids and a man with a pickaxe and a shovel to indicate the place and method of finding.
The ship was found under 40 huge stones in a special pit. At the moment, several such structures and another ship have already been found, but the first find was a shock in the world of archeology.