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Re: [Indo-Eurasia] How to count to almost eight million

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  • Artur Karp
    It s simple, Peter --- you count the legs and divide the result by four. Artur Karp Poland
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 4, 2013
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      It's simple, Peter ---

      you count the legs and divide the result by four.

      Artur Karp
      Poland
    • Trudy Kawami
      It will give you a prosperous New Year only if the beans are really black-eyed peas (cow peas). (For non-North Americans it is considered lucky to eat
      Message 2 of 4 , Jan 4, 2013
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        It will give you a prosperous New Year only if the beans are really black-eyed peas (cow peas). (For non-North Americans it is considered lucky to eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day.)

        Trudy S. Kawami

        From: Indo-Eurasian_research@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Indo-Eurasian_research@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of PETER HARDIE
        Sent: Friday, January 04, 2013 10:54 AM
        To: Indo-Eurasian_research@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [Indo-Eurasia] How to count to almost eight million

        [Mod. note. Sounds right Peter - especially the "when applying for grants" part. I'm sure too that the putative 8 million dog mummies are neatly arranged on shelves. :^) - Steve]

        What you do, is count the number of beans in the can, or whatever, and then in as many more cans as you feel would give you a fair sample, and average them out; then you multiply the result by the number of cans on the shelf, the shelves in the store... etc. Oh, and round up, not down. Especially when applying for grants.

        That should give you a stress-free weekend and prosperous new year

        Peter Hardie
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        From: Steve Farmer
        To: Indo-Eurasian_research@yahoogroups.com
        Cc: Steve Farmer
        Sent: Thursday, 3 January 2013, 17:03
        Subject: [Indo-Eurasia] Reported "8 million" dog mummies

        Dear List,

        I pass on below this quite extraordinary - or quite unbelievable? - report posted earlier this morning on the Agade mailing list. The story is also making the rounds of the usual mass-press/tabloid newspapers around the world. National Geographic appears to be involved, which always raises cynical suspicions in me, at least.

        I'm not sure how anyone could count 8 million dog mummies in an excavation, but that aside....

        Maybe someone knows more? There have of course been a number of studies of the animal catacombs in Saqqara, but I've never seen claims involving anything like these numbers.

        The usual gee-whiz pop-science hype? Translation bloopers?

        Paul Nicholson of Cardiff University (repeatedly cited in the story) has been involved in excavations of the animal catacombs for years, but his website -- which is also quoted in the story -- doesn't suggest any figures like this. See

        http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/hisar/people/pn/e_dogs.html

        For his publications and CV see

        http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/hisar/people/pn/cv.html

        Curious as to what goes on here....

        Steve

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        From:

        http://tinyurl.com/acugtzw

        Eight million dog mummies were uncovered at the dog catacomb in Saqqara

        Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday 2 Jan 2013

        During routine excavations at the dog catacomb in Saqqara necropolis,
        an excavation team led by Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at The
        American University in Cairo (AUC), and an international team of
        researchers led by Paul Nicholson of Cardiff University have uncovered
        almost 8 million animal mummies at the burial site.

        [snip]
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