Egypt’s Most Ancient Maritime Harbor in Suez Discovered

Statue of Khufu in the Cairo Museum

Statue of Khufu in the Cairo Museum

A French-Egyptian archaeological mission discovered the oldest commercial harbor from the fourth dynasty King Khufu (Cheops) at Wadi Al-Jarf area, 180 km south of Suez. On the Red Sea shore at Wadi Al-Jarf area along the Suez-Zaafarana road, a French-Egyptian archaeological mission from the French Institute for Archaeological Studies (IFAO) stumbled upon what it believed to be the most ancient harbor ever found in Egypt.

The harbor goes back to the time of the fourth dynasty King Khufu. The harbor is considered one of the most important commercial ports where trading trips to export copper and other minerals from Sinai were launched.

A collection of vessel anchors carved in stone was also discovered as well as different docks.

Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim announced that a collection of 40 papyri, showing details of daily life of ancient Egyptians during the 27th year of King Khufu’s reign, was also unearthed during excavation.

“These are the oldest papyri ever found in Egypt,” asserted Ibrahim. He also stated that these papyri are very important because they reveal more information about the ancient Egyptians’ daily life. Source: Egypt State Information Service

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WCO receives gift of historical significance to Customs from Egypt

An Egyptian delegation to the WCO Harmonized System Committee, on behalf of the Director General of Egyptian Customs, Mohamed Elalhawy, presented the Secretary General of the WCO, Kunio Mikuriya, with a colour papyrus copy of the Customs tariff applied in Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs some 2000 years B.C. The original tablet is to be found in a museum in Egypt. You can view a photograph of the Egyptian tablet by clicking here!

The Secretary General thanked Egyptian Customs for this impressive gift full of significance which clearly illustrated the historic nature of Customs tariffs dating back more than 4000 years. He expressed the hope that one day he would be able to see the original stone tablet in Egypt. The papyrus will be displayed at WCO Headquarters. Source: http://www.wcoomd.org