A lot of Ancient Egyptian animal mummies are actually just sticks and mud

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LONDON — There was so much demand for animal mummies in Ancient Egypt that a lot of the offerings didn’t contain any animal remains, according to new research by a British university.

Ancient Egyptians, intent on worshiping the gods, drove up demand for offerings, meaning up to 70 million animals may have been mummified from 800 BC onward. However, recent scans of some of the animal mummies has found that a third were just mud and sticks, eggshells, reeds and feathers, with no skeletons found

The scanning project at the University of Manchester, which was followed by BBC’s Horizon programme, looked at more than 800 animal mummies, including cats, birds and crocodiles using X-rays and CT scans, according to BBC News. Read more…

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