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Ancient Egyptians May Have Kept Wild Animals to Ward Off Evil

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Archaeologists have a theory why ancient Egyptians maintained zoos filled with wild animals: it was an attempt to harness the power of these beasts, to combat the forces of nature - such as floods.

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Hierakonpolis was once one of the ancient world's forgotten cities, only of passing interest to archaeologists. That changed with the discovery of a prehistoric cemetery containing the remains of Egypt's first kings and those of wild and exotic animals. Evidence suggests these beasts were gathered from across the continent, but why? Follow archaeologists as they explore this 6,000-year-old cemetery, unlocking secrets that are redefining everything scholars thought they knew about Egypt in the time before the pharaohs.

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