Ep. 006 – Khufu’s Solar Ship; or, Sailing Into the Afterlife

Thanks for checking out Episode 006 of the Maritime History Podcast: Khufu's Ship; or, Sailing Into the Afterlife. From the funeral procession of pharaoh Khufu, to the 1954 discovery of what is known as the Khufu ship, to the theories about its purpose, construction, and the afterlife, this episode is jam-packed with maritime history and archaeology from the ancient past of Egypt.

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Khufu Ship Book Download

If you'd like to check out the free book that gets into much more detail than we did in this episode, click on the image of the book cover below. The Boat Under the Pyramid, by Nancy Jenkins, along with tons of other stuff, is available as a PDF download on the Giza Archives Library, courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Be forewarned, the file is a bit larger than a normal PDF, so it will probably take longer than normal to download.


'The Boat Beneath the Pyramid' by Nancy Jenkins; courtesy of the Giza Archives Library at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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  4 comments for “Ep. 006 – Khufu’s Solar Ship; or, Sailing Into the Afterlife

  1. Chris Kühle
    August 2, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Has anybody ever attempted to build a working full sized replica of one of these?

    • brandon
      August 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Not that I’m aware of, Chris. The main full-scale replica of an ancient Egyptian ship is ‘Min of the Desert,’ which is discussed in Episode 009, if you haven’t yet listened to that one. I sure hope that someone undertakes a working replica of the Khufu ships some day though!

  2. cheri
    June 9, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Sitting in traffic listening to this episode, I COULD NOT wait to get home and see pictures of Khufu’s ship. So cool. Thanks for all your time and effort!

    • Brandon Huebner
      June 10, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Hopefully I did the ship justice! And hopefully I didn’t cause you to look up pictures while you were driving! In all seriousness though, thanks so much for sharing that and for listening. It’s precisely why I love sharing maritime history through the podcast.

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