Here's Why Dogs Were So Important to Ancient Egyptians (Videos)
In ancient Egypt, the importance of dogs transcended their domestic companionship. These canines played an indispensable role in the capture and control of exotic creatures. Fierce teams of hunters ventured to the farthest corners of their known world, their trusty dogs in tow, to secure these massive, formidable animals. Evidence of their significance lies in the discovery of over 60 dog burials in the Hierakonpolis cemetery. Among the canine remains, twisted leather leashes were found, indicating their role as loyal assistants. The images on a 5,000-year-old Egyptian pot in Belgium further confirm the dogs' vital function.
It depicts a hunting scene where dogs, with their impressive speed and agility, controlled the prey. The presence of collars and long leashes on these ancient hunting dogs illustrates their methodical release, a synchronized effort to chase down elusive game. But their service extended beyond the hunt. Positioned strategically in the cemetery, dogs also acted as herders, guarding the complex and its wild captives. Ancient Egyptians valued dogs not only as loyal companions but as indispensable partners in their quest to tame the wild, highlighting the enduring bond between humans and their four-legged allies.
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Top image: Dogs were very important to the ancient Egyptians. Source: StockMediaProduction / Adobe Stock.