RE: [Indo-Eurasia] How to count to almost eight million
- 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
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
From: Steve Farmer
Cc: Steve Farmer
Sent: Thursday, 3 January 2013, 17:03
Subject: [Indo-Eurasia] Reported "8 million" dog mummies
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
For his publications and CV see
Curious as to what goes on here....
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.