EGYPT PICTURES: Ancient Animal Graves From Private Zoo?

 EGYPT PICTURES: Ancient Animal Graves From Private Zoo?
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In March 2009, archaeozoologist Willem Van Neer of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, holds the skull of a cow buried in Hierakonpolis 3,500 years ago with her calf. Their grave lies near the elaborate tomb of an early ruler.

The cow and calf, like most other animals here, were likely killed when the ruler died, to show off his wealth and sustain him on his journey to the afterlife.

"By capturing and owning animals, [rulers] also owned animals' natural power," archaeologist Renee Friedman said.
—Photograph courtesy Renée Friedman
 
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