Photograph courtesy the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania

Boats in the desert. The “prows” of three mudbrick boat graves emerge from the Egyptian desert at Abydos. A wooden boat about 50 to 60 feet long lies encased in each and in nine adjacent graves. Dated between 3000 and 2700 B.C., the boats were probably buried to serve the dead pharaohs of the Ist and IInd Dynasties, buried nearby. The funerary enclosure of Khasekhemwy appears in the background.