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Mass grave of 8 million dogs from ancient Egypt unearthed

A dedication to the Egyptian god Anubis, the jackal-headed god.
A dedication to the Egyptian god Anubis, the jackal-headed god. Image by Dennis Jarvis / CC BY-SA 2.0

A mass grave of eight million dogs and puppies, which date back to ancient Egypt, has been fully unearthed for the first time by archaeologists. The mummified remains form part of a 2500-year-old catacomb that sits next to the Temple of the Anubis, which was devoted to the dog-like god of death and funerals. The site is found in North Saqqara of modern-day Egypt. While it was first discovered in the 19th century, it’s only now that the extraordinary extent of the animal body count has unveiled. The article in the journal Antiquity, says the 260,000 square foot catacomb also contains remains of foxes, jackals, two falcons and possibly kestrels. Read more: independent.co.uk