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Empty animal mummies discovered

Scientists say they have exposed a scandal at the heart of Ancient Egypt's animal mummy industry.

A scanning project at Manchester Museum and the University of Manchester has revealed that about a third of the bundles of cloth - including this cat mummy - are empty inside.

Researchers estimate there was a huge appetite for these religious offerings, and demand for the mummies may have outstripped supply.

Horizon - 70 Million Animal Mummies: Egypt's Dark Secret, Monday 11 May, 9pm, BBC Two.

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