Egyptian “Dog Catacomb” Has 8 Million Mummified Dogs

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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.

In a labyrinth of tunnels beneath the Egyptian desert lies a truly remarkable catacomb containing the mummified remains of dogs and jackals.

Now, since this is Egypt, mummies aren’t exactly unusual – what made the Dog Catacomb so different is that it contains an immense amount of mummified puppies:

They estimate the catacombs contain the remains of 8 million animals. Given the sheer numbers of animals, it is likely they were bred by the thousands in puppy farms around the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, according to the researchers. The Dog Catacombs are located at Saqqara, the burial ground for the ancient capital Memphis…

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