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The Dashur Boats

Cheryl Haldane
Thesis: August 1984
Chair: Steffy
Nautical Archaeology Program

The discovery of six boats buried beside the brick pyramid of Sesostris III at Dashur, Egypt, has allowed archaeologists a rare glimpse into Egyptian hull construction techniques. Since the 1894 and 1901 excavations of a total of four known hulls, no detailed examination of the boats has been published. Personal observation and recording of the boats in Chicago and Pittsburgh revealed unique characteristics of the hulls, including the first use of deep mortise-and-tenon joints in hull construction. These boats from Dashur provide an extraordinary opportunity to study four contemporaneous Bronze Age hulls--an opportunity as yet unequaled in nautical archaeology.

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