Ground-penetrating radar survey at the pyramid complex of Senwosret III at Dahshur, Egypt, 2008: search for the lost boat of a Pharaoh

Pearce Paul Creasman, Douglas Sassen, Samuel Koepnick, Noreen Doyle

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Abstract

A survey at Dahshur, Egypt, employed 3-D ground-penetrating radar (GPR) in an attempt to locate pharaonic boat burials at the pyramid complex of King Senwosret III. In AD 1894, the original excavator reported finding five or six boats; however, only four "Dahshur boats" are known in museum collections today. The suspected site of the lost boat burial(s) lay beneath the large 1894 excavation backfill pile. The steep topography of the backfill required nonstandard GPR processing methods to accurately image the subsurface of the site. Although revealing no definitive traces of any remaining boats, imaging results did indicate discernible strata associated with the original naturally deposited surface, an excavated boat pit, debris and fill associated with either its original creation or its excavation, and deeper, presently unidentified archaeological remains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)516-524
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • 3-D ground-penetrating radar (GPR)
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Dahshur boats
  • Dashur
  • Middle Kingdom
  • Remote sensing
  • Senwosret III

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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