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Discovery of a predynastic elephant burial at Hierakonpolis, Egypt

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Barbara Adams

UCL Institute of Archaeology, GB
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It has long been known that the ancient Egyptians buried such animals as dogs, baboons and cattle, sometimes in human tombs and sometimes in separate graves of their own. Now excavation in a cemetery associated with the large settlement of Hierakonpolis has led to the unexpected discovery of a 5700-year-old elephant burial. Here the Research Curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL describes the discovery and discusses its significance.

How to Cite: Adams, B., (1998). Discovery of a predynastic elephant burial at Hierakonpolis, Egypt. Archaeology International. 2, pp.46–50. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.0214
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Published on 23 Nov 1998.
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