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Old Kingdom Boat Model Survey – Egypt

2020 Project

Old Kingdom Boat Model Survey (Egypt)
Douglas Inglis (Texas A&M University)

The purpose of this project is to document, model, and produce hull lines for a collection of nearly 30 Old Kingdom Boat models in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in order better understand their hull form, as well as to help contextualize them in Egyptian funerary practice. While they are less elaborate than their Middle and New Kingdom counterparts, and not equipped with model sailors, they remain an essential source of three-dimensional data that is not available from two-dimensional reliefs. This research will help inform our understanding of the evolution of Egyptian hull construction, as well as supplement the analysis of the hull form of the 3rd-Dynasty Abusir Boat.