• Egypt;
  • Nile;
  • boat;
  • raft;
  • navigation;
  • landscape

Accounts and images created by foreign travellers on the Egyptian Nile over the past four centuries indicate the widespread use of rafts and floats for both local and long-distance travel. Many of the materials employed survive poorly in archaeological deposits, or are otherwise easily overlooked as components of river-craft: moreover, several of these raft-types were built for a single journey or season, then dismantled. These travellers' accounts and images alert us to much humbler vessels than the well-preserved wooden boats of the Pharaonic elite which have so far commanded the attention of maritime archaeologists.

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