Abydos Animal Sacrifices
Animal Mummy
Biographical Information
Clas Unknown
Species mixed
Age varied
Sex both
Culture Unknown
Site Abydos
Current Location
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Excavations in 2012 at an ancient temple complex known as the "Terrace of the Great God" in Abydos, Egypt, a building with three chambers, six foot thick walls, and a transverse corridor in front on the eastern side which suggests a temple plan yeilded a cache of at least 83 animal mummies, which date to more than 2,000 years ago. Most of the animals are dogs, although they two cats and some sheep and goats were also in evidence.

The building was massive, with wall about six feet (two meters) thick. The few inscriptions found inside refer to Seti I, who ruled more than 3,200 years ago.


All of the mummified animal appear to have been sacrificed. Researchers speculate that the mummies are from an undiscovered tomb and might have redeposited in the Abydos building when the tomb was robbed.

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