The discovery of Khufu’s Ship is surely one of the most astonishing finds in all of archaeology. It was found at the Giza pyramid complex in 1954.

It had been sealed into a pit that was cut straight out of the bedrock where it had been sat for thousands of years.

The purpose of its burial? There are a few theories. One is that it was intended to carry the deceased king across the heavens in the afterlife.

Another theory suggests that it may have been used to transport the king from Memphis to Giza on the River Nile after embalmment.

The Khufu Ship is a doorway into the past.

It enables us to look at the Ancient Egyptians not just as hieroglyphs and cartouches on a tomb wall, but as real skilful artisans who were masters of their own craft in their own time.