Ancient Egyptian Air Conditioner: Cheops Ships in 2600 BC Egypt
Part of: "What Is a Fly Roof? How To Build a Flying Roof."
Ancient Egyptian Air Conditioner over 4,000 Years Old
Ancient Egyptians of 2600 BC during the Old Kingdom buried 2 ships near the Great Pyramid of Pharaoh Cheops (Khufu) and the ships are known as “Cheops boats,” Cheops ships,” “Khufu ships,” or “solar ships.” The papyriform “Cheops 1” (the only one excavated) shows a cabin that used a fly roof as an air-conditioner by stretching a canvas tarp over the wooden frame and soaking the tarp with water for evaporative cooling--causing the building to sweat so the pharaoh didn't have to:
Ancient Egyptian fly-roof air-conditioner in 2600 BC Egypt (Cheops 1 ship used a wet canvas over the wooden frame to create solar-heat-powered evaporative cooling):