Eight Million Dog Mummies Uncovered In Egyptian Chamber

We were not the first culture to deify our pets. Ahram Online reports:

During routine excavations at the dog catacomb in Saqqara necropolis, an excavation team led by Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo (AUC), and an international team of researchers led by Paul Nicholson of Cardiff University have uncovered almost 8 million animal mummies at the burial site.

“We are recording the animal bones and the mummification techniques used to prepare the animals,” Ikram said. “We are trying to understand how this fits religiously with the cult of Anubis, to whom the catacomb is dedicated,” she added.

Saqqara dog catacomb was first discovered in 1897 when well-known French Egyptologist Jacques De Morgan published his Carte of Memphite necropolis, with his map showing that there are two dog catacombs in the area.

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4 Responses to Eight Million Dog Mummies Uncovered In Egyptian Chamber

  1. zombieslapper January 7, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    So they’re dogacombs? *rim shot* I’ll see myself out.

  2. InfvoCuernos January 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    I always thought of Egyptians as cat people.

  3. Dmesh January 7, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    i bet they were “Set” there very carefully.

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