Mummified animal, Falcon, Ancient Egypt
0310 BCE-0290 BCE
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Common or European kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Sparrowhawk (Accipoter nisus)
Feathers (Animal Remains)
The 'industry' of producing mummified animal offerings to the gods began around 3000 BC, and reached its peak in the Late Period. Mummified animals were kept in necropoles, which were associated with tombs or cult centres of gods. Once each area was full of burials it was sealed. This mummified falcon is believed to date to te Ptolemaic Period (305-30 BC).