Ancient pet cemetery discovered in Egypt

Scientists have found amazing artifacts in ancient Egypt ... the great sphinx.

And, now a pet cemetery?

Yes, in Egypt's ancient town of Berenike, archeologists discovered a nearly 2-thousand-year-old pet cemetery with dogs, cats and monkeys.

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A woman visits with her chow chow Bruno the grave of her late dogs Gizmo and Maxio at the pet cemetery in Nowy Konik, near Warsaw, on October 7, 2012 on the annual meeting for owners of late pets. The holiday is organized every year on first sunday in October on the model of very popular in Poland All Saints day (November 1) and gather hundreds of people wishing to light a candle for their pets.

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Statuettes are plentiful at the Smoke Rise Farm pet cemetery in Azle, Texas, Thursday, June 8, 2006.

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Rescued dog Tessa awaits adoption during a memorial service for military working dogs at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery on June 10, 2012 in Hartsdale, New York. Shelter Pet Alliance brought out some 60 dogs and cats from Westchester County animal shelters for the adoption event held during the annual memorial service. Thousands of dogs have served in American military conflicts since World War I, most recently in Afghanistan detecting roadside bombs and mines meant for U.S. troops. The cemetery, established in 1896, is the oldest pet cemetery in the United States and serves as the final resting place for tens of thousands of animals.

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Precious Memories Pet Cemetery and Crematory is celebrating its 20th year of operation this month and being Colorado's largest pet cemetery east of Fort Collins.

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View of a grave at the pet cemetery in Corregidora, State of Queretaro, Mexico on November 1, 2013, a day before the commemoration of the Day of the Dead. The traditional Mexican holiday honors the dead and is celebrated annually.

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A dog house head stone marks a pet's grave February 24, 2001 at the Hartsdale Canine Cemetery in Westchester, New York. The cemetery, with nearly 70,000 animals interred, is the oldest pet cemetery in the country.

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Volunteers accompany rescued dogs up for adoption during a memorial service for military working dogs at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery on June 10, 2012 in Hartsdale, New York. Shelter Pet Alliance brought out some 60 dogs and cats from Westchester County animal shelters for the adoption event held during the annual memorial service. Thousands of dogs have served in American military conflicts since World War I, most recently in Afghanistan detecting roadside bombs and mines meant for U.S. troops. The cemetery, established in 1896, is the oldest pet cemetery in the United States and serves as the final resting place for tens of thousands of animals.

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Entrance area of the Smoke Rise Farm pet cemetery in Azle, Texas, Thursday June 8, 2006.

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A statue of a dog is seen at a cemetery for animals in Aywaille, Belgium April 8, 2016. Pets are getting a high-class send-off at Animatrans, a funeral home that claims to be the first in Belgium to cater exclusively for pets. Other customers choose to stuff their dead pets to turn them into an even more tangible reminder.

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A head stone marks a pet's grave February 24, 2001 at the Hartsdale Canine Cemetery in Westchester, New York. The cemetery, with nearly 70,000 animals interred, is the oldest pet cemetery in the country.

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Newsmakers)

A dog's statue stands between graves at the Pet Cemetery in Harze-Aywaille on October 13, 2003. In 1997, he started the first Belgian full pets funeral service: transport, burial, individual or collective certified cremation, collect of ashes, taxidermy, facial mask and sale of urns. Animatrans deals annually with about 1,000 animals, not only cats and dogs, but also birds, goats, horses, sheep and sometimes even tigers, crocodiles, snakes and monkeys.

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Graves of pets are seen at a cemetery for animals in Aywaille, Belgium April 8, 2016. Pets are getting a high-class send-off at Animatrans, a funeral home that claims to be the first in Belgium to cater exclusively for pets. Other customers choose to stuff their dead pets to turn them into an even more tangible reminder.

(REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Pet owner Qingqiu (C) holds her dog Little Huoban as her brother (L) and a worker set up decoration flowers around the tomb of her first dog Huoban who died at the age of 15, ahead of the Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, which falls on April 4, at Baifu pet cemetery on the outskirts of Beijing, China, March 26, 2016.

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Finders say the animals were buried with care, including this 4-year-old dog that died from a form of bone cancer. And, iron collars decorated with beads like this one were also found at the site.

The scientists say what makes the find notable is that the animals were clearly loved, despite being raised in a town so remote food had to be imported from hundreds of miles away.

It's well known that ancient Egyptians owned pets like cats, but their burial was usually done as a ritual, jointly with their owners, which makes this find stand out.

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