The Dog Catacombs of Anubis

Date: 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:00pm

Location: 

Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Avenue

Public lecture with Paul Nicholson, Professor in Archaeology, Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

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. Based on the findings of a recent full excavation of the site and the careful examination of the dog mummies found there, Paul Nicholson 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 culture.

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.

Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

Co-sponsored with the Harvard Semitic Museum and the New England Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt