Archaeologists in the ancient city of Abydos in southern Egypt
were left counting sheep
when they discovered an enormous haul of mummified animals in the Temple of Ramesses II – including a whopping 2,000 mummified ram heads.
The gruesome items were left at the temple during Egypt's Ptolemaic dynasty
– a 300-year period of Greek rule that started with Alexander the Great
and ended with the Roman conquest of Egypt in 30 BC.
The animals were probably given as offerings to legendary pharaoh Ramesses II,
whose reign in the 13th century BC is sometimes called Egypt's golden age.