Why is archaeological dating important
Nicknamed Houdini and Chewie, the dogs still had their fur largely intact.
Houdini was found in a large two-handled pot, and buried without any wrappings.
His fur was a brown-auburn colour and appears to have been coated by an oil or resin, perhaps for preservation.
Due to the size of the dog, the researchers could not work out how he was placed inside the jar so they named him after the magician, Houdini.
Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told BBC reporters the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb found during excavation work in Giza’s western cemetery “likely belonged to Hetpet, a priestess to Hathor, the goddess of fertility, who assisted women in childbirth.”The recent attempt at reconstructing the face of the iconic beauty, Nefertiti, by basing her looks on the mummy of the Younger Lady found in KV35 has caused an enormous uproar among Egyptophiles all across the globe.One of the best things about archaeology is uncovering the unexpected.Some of the findings listed below certainly fit into this category – from elongated skulls to vampire graves, green slime, and the DNA of Bigfoot.Two well preserved dogs were found curled up inside large ceramic pots, dating back around 3,000 years.A large number of mummified dogs and dog cemeteries have been found throughout Egypt, but it is the first time that dogs have been found in burial jars.