There are lion burials from the predynastic period at Hierakonpolis, which are the ones mentioned in this article. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise to find more, given that we believe they were kept as symbols of power and fear. I’m wondering why they say it’s a mummy, though. The photo doesn’t seem to show mummification. Have to wait and see, I guess.
This means that Saqqara was a cemetery from Dynasty 1 until the last vestiges of the ancient civilisation and more. 4000 years of dead people and veneration.
Good heavens, that’s an old sewer, but I shouldn’t be surprised by that. Other Neolithic sites like Göbekli Tepe show how advanced the civilisations were at that time, so sewers should be expected, I reckon.
Very interesting site. Some spectacular finds, and more importantly, evidence of its use as a dye processing site, and for one of the most important dyes in the civilisation at the time, purple.
The Egyptians talked about emmer wheat all the time in the texts, giving an indication of how important it was in their diet. I didn’t know, though, that it wasn’t really part of Western diet any more. Very interesting.
Honestly, this shouldn’t be a surprise, but it’s really nice to have suspicions confirmed. It’s the one thing the racists get wrong when they bring up Rome as a supposedly ‘white’ society. It was the furthest thing from.
I find this kind of thing fascinating, as I may have mentioned before. Göbeklitepe is an amazing site, and the possibility of others of similar date and use is marvellous.
Looks like a very interesting book.
Climate influencing civilisation, even causing its downfall. Interesting that evidence is found in fossil corals.
I know that eclipses and comets are mentioned in ancient documents, but the aurora? I didn’t know they were visible at that latitude. Fascinating.