An offering with 11 crocodiles over 2,000 years old discovered in Egypt

An offering with 11 crocodiles over 2,000 years old discovered in Egypt

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The archaeologists responsible for the find believe that the recipient of the offering was Sobek, the crocodile god who was credited with creating the Nile River.

A team of archaeologists from the University of Jaén (Spain) discovered in Qubbet el Hawa, an Egyptian necropolis reserved for nobles and rulers on the banks of the Nile, a offering over 2,000 years of antiquity composed of 11 crocodiles, one of them mummified, Alejandro Jiménez, leader of the excavation who works in the area, told El Mundo.

Jiménez assured that they did not expect to find anything else, since they had practically reached the edge of the hill of Qubbet el Hawa, also known as the Valley of the Princes, where they had been excavating. However, and to their surprise, they found the entrance to some chambers that remained intact, the place where the discovery was made.

Of the eleven crocodile bones excavated, 10 had been packed "without respecting their original shape."

However, one of them was embalmed and covered with linen bandages that were consumed by termites, so there are only some remains attached to the reptile's skin, explained the archaeologist.

Scientists suspect that the offerings were made by local devotees in honor of Sobek, the crocodile deity to whom the Egyptian worldview attributes the creation of the Nile River and associates with fertility.

The offering was about five meters from the tomb of Shemai, brother of one of the most notable governors of Elephantine in the 12th dynasty.

In addition, two polychrome coffins eaten by termites were found next to the reptiles. There was also the burial of a child dating from the early New Kingdom that would be the result of a reoccupation, says the researcher.

Although the exact dating of the crocodiles has not yet been carried out by an archeozoologist, due to the way in which they were stored and comparing them with textual references that the team of archaeologists could find, Jiménez dares to say that the tomb belongs to the Roman period.

Via RT.

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