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The catacombs of Anubis at North Saqqara

Nicholson, Paul T. ORCID:, Ikram, Salima and Mills, Steve ORCID: 2015. The catacombs of Anubis at North Saqqara. Antiquity 89 (345) , pp. 645-661. 10.15184/aqy.2014.53

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Although animal cults are a widely recognised feature of religion in ancient Egypt, little is known about the nature of the catacombs and mummies associated with the temples dedicated to animal gods. Here the authors present a biography of the Catacombs of Anubis at North Saqqara in Egypt, from their peak activity in the Late Period to their exploitation in modern times for raw materials. This research highlights the hitherto unappreciated scale of burial practices associated with animal cults, and the industries they supported and were supported by. The evidence suggests that the animal cults played a significant economic role, both in ancient Egypt and in subsequent eras.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
ISSN: 0003-598X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 14 July 2014
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 17:06

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