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"This is a highly unusual discovery since boats of such a size and construction were, during this period, reserved solely for top members of the society, who usually belonged to the royal family," Bárta said.
Although the boat is located almost 40 feet south of the mastaba, its orientation, length, and the pottery collected from its interior, make a clear connection between the structure and the vessel.
A stone bowl discovered in one of the mastaba underground chambers bore the name of king Huni, the last pharaoh of the Third dynasty, thus dating the tomb to that time.
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However, the name of the mastaba's owner remains unknown, as his burial shaft has not yet been located.
Most likely, he wasn't a member of the royal family, since his boat is not located adjacent to a royal pyramid.
Nevertheless, the boat indicates his extraordinary social position.
"Both the size of the tomb, as well as the presence of the boat itself, clearly places the deceased within the elite of his time with strong connections to the reigning pharaoh," the Czech archaeologists concluded.