Dogs in Ancient Egypt: Man’s Best Friend.

The ancient Egyptians had a close relationship with dogs. From the Predynastic period onwards (c.3700 BC) they are depicted in scenes of hunting. This led to their use in warfare and conflict, with a strong association with Nubian mercenaries. However, they were also favoured pets of the elite and royals, represented in tombs and even mummified and buried in the Valley of the Kings.

Furthermore, during the late period millions were interred at Saqqara as gifts for the gods. In the divine realm Anubis and Wepwawet were canine deities who protected and guided the deceased in the afterlife.

This lecture will examine the multifaceted nature of Ancient Egyptians’ bond with dogs.

Pay on the door. Free for members.

A talk by Dr Joanne Backhouse of University of Liverpool.

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