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EIGHT MILLION Dogs is Excavated in Egypt

EIGHT MILLION Dogs is Excavated in Egypt

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Catacomb of secret tunnels packed with mummified remains of EIGHT MILLION dogs is excavated in Egypt By FIONA MACRAE Last

updated at 9:05 AM on 31st March 2011

Many of the animals were offered to the gods when they were just hours old
A labyrinth of sacred tunnels packed with the mummified remains of millions of dogs has been excavated under the Egyptian desert. The catacombs are estimated to contain the remains up to eight million dogs, many of which would have been offered to the gods when they were just hours old. Others would have been treated as living representatives of the dog or jackal-headed god Anubis and would have lived out their lives in the nearby temple before being preserved and laid to rest in the network of tunnels. Enlarge

Remains: One of eight million dogs archaeologists believe are buried in a labyrinth of sacred tunnels under the Egyptian desert

Enlarge Egyptologist Hendrikje Nouwens examines a dog buried in a special wall niche .the remains of the wooden coffin can be seen. Many of the dogs would have been offered to the gods when they were just hours old .

.. consists of a long central corridor and a series of smaller passages that branch off it. perhaps thousands per year. who were not necessarily particularly well-off. of Cardiff University‟s School of History. Some of the dogs were killed and mummified just days or even hours after birth. Pilgrims. Could this be the biggest find since the Dead Sea Scrolls? Seventy metal books found in cave in Jordan could change our view of Biblical history Mind-boggling discovery: Perfectly preserved brain of Iron Age man unearthed in York It is thought the animals afforded this sort of burial lived in the temples where they were treated as living embodiments of Anubis.. it is likely the animals were bred in puppy farms dotted around the ancient capital of Memphis. who along with Egyptian colleagues are the first to examine the structure and contents of the complex underground network built 2. said: „These animals were not strictly “sacrificial”. with geological work pointing to the tunnels being raided in the 1900s. in the hope of currying favour with the canine-headed god. which lies ten to 12metres underground. Dr Paul Nicholson. With the need to mummify so many animals.‟ The excavation. they are not the first to discover them. Anubis.   More. which was funded by National Geographic. While Dr Nicholson‟s team are the first to examine the tunnels in detail. bought the dogs. in niches in the tunnel walls. with the animal acting as an intermediary between the donor and the gods. As one of the most important gods of the dead. also revealed that some dogs were interred individually.Many dogs would have been treated as living representatives of jackal-headed god Anubis The fascinating details come from Cardiff University scientists. the dedication of an animal mummy was regarded as a pious act. then paid for them to be mummified. as well as a handful of cats and jackals. The catacomb. „Rather. Anubis was particularly worth pleasing. Archaeology and Religion. Sampling of small areas and bone examination of their contents suggest that the entire network is home to eight million dogs.500 years ago under the Saqqara desert.

The entire network of catacombs is also home to a handful of cats and jackals Maze of tunnels: The excavation also revealed that some dogs were interred individually in the tunnel walls .Professor Salima Ikram examines one set of remains.

500 years ago under the Saqqara desert Read more: http://www. cows.It is thought that a small tunnel was built to remove animal mummies which were then likely ground up and sold as fertiliser.although not necessarily to Liverpool. The Saqqara desert also contains catacombs dedicated to bulls. ibises. hawks and cats. Dr Nicholson told the Daily Mail: „There are newspaper reports of boatloads of cat mummies being brought into Liverpool for use as fertiliser and it is likely some of the dog mummies went the same way .co. baboons.dailymail.html#ixzz1UnnvQNOU .uk/sciencetech/article-1371492/Catacomb-secret-tunnels-packed-mummifiedremains-EIGHT-MILLION-dogs-excavated-Egypt. It is thought the practice died out after the Romans conquered Egypt in 30BC.‟ The dog catacomb is the larger of two in the area. Hidden mysteries: Cardiff University scientists and their Egyptian colleagues are the first to examine the structure and contents of the complex underground network built 2.

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