About Millions Of Mummified Dogs found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs

About Millions Of Mummified Dogs found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs
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Ancient Egyptians are well-known for having worshiped animals, and archaeologists are used to unearthing nonhuman mummies. But a recent investigation in an ancient tomb south of Cairo led to a find of amazing proportions: an estimated 8 million mummified dogs that have been underground for more than 2,000 years.


Researchers from Cardiff University in Wales chronicle their discovery in a study published this month in the journal Antiquity.


The researchers found the remains within the catacombs of a temple dedicated to the jackal-headed god Anubis, in a burial ground called Saqqara. The center passageway is about 568 feet long and side corridors make the tomb up to 459 feet wide, according to Live Science. Many of the mummified canines have disintegrated or been removed by grave robbers.

"It would be quite difficult to easily find complete, nicely wrapped mummies," Cardiff University archaeology professor and lead researcher Paul Nicholson told CNN. "What you have got is the decayed remains of the mummies."
The archaeologists examined the number of mummies in a portion of the catacombs and used that count to estimate how many likely filled the tomb.
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