Bovine scapula - 909.77.54_1


Bovine scapula

Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 2345-2181 BC
Period: 6th Dynasty, Old Kingdom
35.56 cm
Object number: 909.77.54
Not on view

After W. M. Petrie’s excavations at the royal tombs of Abydos in 1900-1901, the Egypt Exploration Fund continued excavations at Abydos.  In 1908-1909 cemetery F was excavated by a team headed by W. L.S. Loat and E.R. Ayrton and the contents of one of the tombs, F109, has come to the Royal Ontario Museum. This tomb assemblage represents a typical middle class burial at the end of the Old Kingdom. Fragments of a bovine shoulder bone were found among a group of miscellaneous bone fragments, including bovine, goat and bird bones. Animal sacrifices and incense burning would be expected at 6th Dynasty funerals.

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1908-1909
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