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Egyptian and Japanese scientists and Egyptologists unearthed on Wednesday a piece of wood containing metal they believe was part of an ancient boat belonging to Pharaoh Kufu.
Egyptologists believe the metal parts, which have never been seen before in an ancient Egyptian boat, were used as a buffer to reduce damage to the oars during sailing.
The boat is one of two buried next to the Pharaoh Khufu in what appeared to be a religious custom to carry him in the afterlife.