In addition to embalming humans, the ancient Egyptians apparently embalmed some animals as well. Researchers have recently discovered a collection of mummies of several crocodiles dating back to about 2500 years ago returns
Researchers say that the mummy of several crocodiles in the regionAl-Hawa Dome» have been found in Egypt, which are apparently different from the previous mummies of these animals. They say that these crocodiles were sacrificed as intermediaries between humans and Sobek, the mythological Egyptian god.
The researchers claim that these crocodiles, unlike other mummies, were not embalmed with the usual procedures. For example, their intestines have not been removed and there is no trace of the use of bitumen or gum. Archaeologists in general 10 crocodile mummies They have found five incomplete skeletons and five crocodile heads in Al-Hawa Dome.
These crocodiles were embalmed in a different way
These animals are probably of the species Crocodiles of the Nile River and West Africa They are in the fifth century BC. Researchers believe that the Egyptians first placed these animals in another place on the surface or buried them under the sand so that the moisture in their bodies would drain naturally, and then embalmed them.
Linen cords and palm leaf mats are used for the mummy. Of course, some of these crocodiles were damaged during the embalming process. However, the bones were preserved well enough to reach us after 2500 years.
This different method of embalming can indicate the specific way of working of the Egyptians in the pre-Ptolemaic period, i.e. before 305 to 330 BC. The crocodiles discovered in Qaba al-Hawa area can be a good source for bone morphology and study of animal skeletons.
Researchers now want to use these mummies to conduct DNA analysis to determine the exact species of crocodiles and to see where these crocodiles were brought to Al-Hawa Dome. The results of this research have been published in the journal PLoS ONE.