The necropolis of Saqqara in Egypt is the burial site of kings, commoners, and animals considered sacred by the Egyptians: bulls, cows, ibises, falcons, baboons, cats, and dogs. The Catacombs of Anubis in North Saqqara contain the mummified remains of approximately eight million animals, primarily dogs. In this free, public and illustrated lecture, Paul Nicholson, Professor in Archaeology, Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University, United Kingdom will discuss the sacred role that dogs played in the cult of Anubis—the dog-headed deity associated with the afterlife—and what their mummification reveals about ancient Egyptian cultureb ased on the findings of a recent full excavation of the site and the careful examination of the dog mummies found there.
From the Nile to the Euphrates: Creating the Harvard Semitic Museum, an exhibition at the Harvard Semitic Museum, will be open following the lecture until 9:00 pm.
Presented in collaboration with the New England Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt
Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.