EGYPT PICTURES: Ancient Animal Graves From Private Zoo?

 EGYPT PICTURES: Ancient Animal Graves From Private Zoo?
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This 3,500-year-old male elephant--likely captured from Sudan or Nubia (an ancient region covering much of what is now southern Egypt and northern Sudan) and age ten when it was sacrificed--embodies the Hierakonpolis ruler's obsession with animals.

The majestic creature was buried adjacent to the ruler, laid to rest on a mat of reeds and covered in a cloth of fine linen, almost as if he were human.

"Having power over large wild animals gave Hierakonpolis's rulers symbolic power over the world," archaeologist Renie Friedman said.
—Photograph courtesy Renie Friedman
 
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