Thousands of mummified ram’s heads found in ancient Egyptian temple ruins
Thousands of mummified ram's heads found in ancient Egyptian temple ruins
Unusual find in Abydos archaeologists from New York University – more than 2000 mummified ram heads and other attributes of the ancient kingdom in the temple of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled from about 1279 to 1213 BC.
According to scientists, these artifacts were created within 1000 years between the Sixth Dynasty and the Heroic Era. Some of the finds are about 4,500 years old. In addition to rams, archaeologists found mummies of other animals – wild goats, dogs, deer, cows and even ostrich.
Such diversity is explained by the fact that in ancient Egypt for centuries there was a cult of animal worship. Along with their remains, fragments of a grandiose structure from the Sixth Dynasty of the Ancient Kingdom were found during excavations, as well as items used by its inhabitants – statues, leather shoes, clothing, papyrus.