Evidence for Pharaonic Seagoing Ships at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt



Cedar ship-timbers and associated debris from Mersa/Wadi Gawasis on the Red Sea provide direct evidence for seafaring in complex watercraft built with standard Egyptian shipbuilding technologies. The Middle Kingdom craft buried at Dashur and disassembled timbers from Lisht (c.1850 and 1950 BC) provide the best parallels for most of the Gawasis finds, but two steering-oar blades are more comparable to early New Kingdom examples. A new type of hull-construction technology is presented, along with descriptions of maritime artefacts and site activities.

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