Khufu's pyramid
parts of a wooden piece

By chance, parts of a wooden piece from the Khufu’s pyramid in Giza dating back 5,000 years were found in a cigar box at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, the trace of which was lost more than 70 years ago, according to the university.

This piece made of cedarwood is one of the three objects that were found by the British archaeologist and Iman Dickson inside the Great Pyramid (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu) in Giza in 1872. The British Museum preserves two pieces, a ball and a bronze hook that was most likely used in Construction work, while the trace of the woodblock is lost.

In 2001, the hypothesis that the woodblock had been donated to the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) was raised, but it was not found.

And at the end of last year, the assistant for Egyptian conservation affairs, Abeer Al-Adani, was carrying out an inventory of the Asian archives when she found this cigar box that bears the Egyptian flag and found inside this piece of wood that has become divided into parts.

“When I saw the numbers in the Egyptian registry, I immediately realized what the matter was,” the archaeologist stated.

And she added, “I participated in missions in Egypt, but I never imagined that I would find here, in north-eastern Scotland, a piece of such importance to my country’s heritage.”

At the time of the discovery of these pieces in the nineteenth century, Dickson was accompanied by doctor James Grant, who traveled to Egypt to treat cholera and befriended the archaeologist. After the doctor’s death in 1895, he donated his collection to the University of Aberdeen, where he acquired his knowledge. In 1946, his daughter gave the wooden piece to the university, but this piece was not recorded in the records nor was it found, despite extensive research.

Recent analyzes have allowed the fragment, which according to summaries, to be dated between 3341 and 3094 BC, approximately 500 years before the construction of the pyramid.

Studies have looked at the possibility that the Dickson finds, dubbed “Dickson’s memorabilia”, were left by the builders at the site.

According to Neil Curtis, in charge of museums and private collections at the University of Aberdeen, these findings made in carbon dating “constitute a discovery that” revives interest in Dickson’s memorabilia that may reveal some of the secrets of the Great Pyramid. ”

Additional resources • AFP


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