A fragment of skin reveals how ancient Egyptian chariots were built

A fragment of skin reveals how ancient Egyptian chariots were built

During the routine archaeological investigation of the Ancient Egypt Leather Goods Project (AELP) led by Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University of Cairo, and André Veldmeijer, head of the Egyptology section at the Dutch Flemish Institute in Cairo , the group discovered a collection of 300 skin fragments from an old Egyptian chariot at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Ikram has pointed out that discovery is very important and the collection is "very rare”. Only a handful of complete chariots were known from ancient Egypt, and of these, there was only one very well restored in Florence and another with a significant amount of leather in the Egyptian Museum.

The fragments are much better than we thought and we have been able to find out how the leather developed"Ikram said, adding that the good condition of the leather is possibly due to its being preserved in a tomb.

The team of archaeologists is studying the technology and resources used to make the leather carts in order to rebuild an exact replica of a real Egyptian chariot in 2014.

The AELP began working in 2008 with all the leather artifacts on display at the Egyptian Museum. During the work, Ikram and Veldmeijer came across a 1950 publication by Robert Jacobus Forbes titled “Study in Technology”With a black and white photograph of the ancient kings next to the horse harnesses.

Excited by the Forbes results, the Egyptologists they sought the help of museum curators to locate a cache of leather goods related to an ancient chariot, where they eventually found remains in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

According to a press release sent by the AUC, the results fit a large multidisciplinary research firm on the leather goods in ancient Egypt, which also includes the study of other pieces of chariots, such as those from the tombs of Tuthmosis IV, Amenhotep II and Amenhotep III, as well as leather found in the Amarna period.

Chariots revolutionized the form of transportation of the Egyptians, as well as the way they fought in warsIkram said.

Image credit: Ahram Online

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