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Wim Van Neer, Veerle Linseele and Renée Friedman (2017)

More animal burials from the Predynastic elite cemetery of Hierakonpolis (Upper Egypt): the 2008 season

In: Archaeozoology of the Near East, ed. by Mashkour, M., Beech, M. , vol. 9, pp. 388-403, Oxbow Books.

Three animal burials from the Predynastic elite cemetery HK6 at Hierakonpolis are described. Recent excavations at this site have revealed large tomb compounds and a precinct of funerary temples dating to the Naqada IC–IIB (ca. 3800–3600 BC), all of which included animal burials. Shallow pits discovered by the enclosure wall of the cemetery and near the northeast corner of the temple precinct yielded the articulated skeletons of nine dogs, a baboon and six cats. A description of the finds is provided and special attention is given to the size reconstruction and possible breeds of the dogs, the pathology seen on the baboon skeleton and its interpretation in terms of conditions of keeping, and the status of the cats (wild, tamed or domestic).
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