Visitors to Giza southwest of Cairo can now view hundreds of fragments of an ancient wooden ship buried in an underground chamber next to the Great Pyramid thanks to a remotely controlled camera inserted through the ceiling. The technology will also allow archaeologists to inspect the remains without exposing them to potentially damaging atmospheric conditions before beginning a planned reconstruction later this year. This is the first time that such technology has been used in Egypt to inspect remains buried underground.
The remains are of a 4,500-year-old ship thought to have been designed to carry the pharaohs into the afterlife. A similar craft was discovered in pieces in 1954 and has since been painstakingly reassembled and is on display in a nearby museum.