For my final assignment in Egypt I went to a press conference at the pyramids. Egyptologists were planning to announce the restoration of the second solar boat of Khufu, aka Cheops, which currently sits in pieces under 41 16-ton slabs of limestone. The boat was discovered in 1954 and they are just now going to excavate and put it back together.
Despite the fact that Egypt basically has no government right now, the country’s press corps still stops for ancient relics. There’s a distinct journalistic duty in Egypt when it comes to things found underground that are 4,500 years old. Consequently, this press conference was more or less like a Beatles concert circa 1965. There was a lot of pushing, shoving and yelling, and minimal crying, all for a glimpse at some centuries-old cedar three meters beneath the earth’s surface. It was awesome.
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