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Radiocarbon dating of Sacred Ibis mummies from ancient Egypt

Wasef, S.; Wood, Rachel; El Merghani, S.; Ikram, Salima; Curtis, C.; Holland, B.; Willerslev, Eske; Millar, C.D.; Lambert, D.M.

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Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) were widespread in Egypt until the eighteenth century. Today the species is extinct in modern Egypt but millions of mummified specimens are scattered geographically in dedicated Ibis burial sites throughout the country. Ibises were regarded as physical manifestations of the god Thoth and worshiped by the ancient Egyptians. A small number of Sacred Ibis were chosen as 'sacred animals', based on physical markings, and were reared for the temples. However,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/102546
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2015.09.020

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