Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Ferriby Boats

To those of you who have read Kingdom of the Ark you will already be aware that in the opening chapters I comment upon the Ferriby Boats from North Yorkshire and their links to Ancient Egyptian boat design. This was nearly 13 years ago now and at the time I was deemed crazy to suggest such a thing. However, the latest press statement from the official Ferriby Heritage Trust, seen below, now appears to be coming around to my way of thinking. Perhaps I wasn't that crazy after all folks!

Intriguing liaison between the Great Pyramid and a village charity
Did Bronze Age Britons walk from the Humber to the Nile, or did Ancient Egyptians make the 3,000 mile trek in the opposite direction? This is one of the 4,000 year old questions posed by a new link between an East Yorkshire riverside village and Egypt’s Great Pyramid.
The Ferriby Heritage Trust, the village charity which owns the replica of the stitched plank Bronze Age ships found buried on the North Ferriby foreshore, is linking with the Khufu Boat Museum alongside the Great Pyramid at Giza to exchange information and experience as an international team rebuilds a stitched plank ship found in a sealed chamber alongside the pyramid.
Following a New Year visit to the area Afifi Rohim Afifi, Chief Inspector of the Pyramids and general manager of the new Solar Boat project, where the second Cheops boat (and an exact replica for international display) will be built and displayed, said it was important to him and his team to know as much as possible about the Ferriby Ships and their discovery. Remains of such early vessels have been found mainly in North West Europe, Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean and have been mostly fragmentary, which makes the Ferriby Ships very significant.
Ferriby Heritage Trust chairman Wendy Dobbs, who escorted Mr Afifi on his tour of the riverside discovery site with its outline “pavement” and the replica at the Welton Waters Activity Centre where the half scale replica is based for research and education work, said the new liaison highlighted the international significance of the Ferriby Ships.
“One of the most intriguing aspects is how, when personal contact was the main means of communication, did such similar methods of construction develop in communities 3,000 miles apart at around the same time. It is known prehistoric man walked huge distances but, in this instance, there was some difficult territory to cross.
“Mr Afifi was particularly interested in the Riverside Walkway area and had a strong feeling there could be other remains to be found. Ground penetrating radar has been used with considerable success in Egyptian archaeology and he thinks a GPR survey of our area could be well worthwhile.”

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