Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered around 8 million mummified animals at a dog catacomb near Cairo. A team of international researchers excavating the site at an ancient burial ground in Saqqara unearthed bones and is recording the mummification techniques used to prepare them. The animal remains also belonged to cats and mongooses. According to Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, mummified dog spirits were believed to carry a person's prayer to the afterlife. "We are trying to understand how this fits religiously with the cult of Anubis, to whom the catacomb is dedicated," Ikram said. [Source]
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