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Ancient animal mummy ‘scandal’ uncovered

Egyptian animal mummies on display at the British Museum.
Egyptian animal mummies on display at the British Museum. Image by Mario Sánchez Prada / CC BY-SA 2.0

Up to one third of Ancient Egyptian animal mummies may not have contained animals at all, according to Egyptologists. A scanning project in the Manchester Museum and University of Manchester has analysed more than 800 animal mummies, including crocodiles and birds and found that about a third have no animal remains inside. It is believed supply may have outstripped demand for these religious offerings in Ancient Egypt and so the linens would have been stuffed with feathers, eggshells or other materials instead. Read more: bbc.co.uk