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.
11 May 2015
- From the section Science & Environment