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Egypt begins restoring ancient boat near pyramids

Archaeologists in Cairo on Monday began restoration on a 4,500-year-old wooden boat found next to the pyramids, one of Egypt's main tourist attractions.

The boat is one of two that were buried next to the Pharaoh Khufu, spokesmen for a joint Egyptian-Japanese team of archeologists said. The boats are believed to have been intended to carry pharaohs into the afterlife.

"The boat was found in a complete shape, intact and in place," said the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

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