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mummiesThe Ancient Egyptians didn't just mummify their dead human ancestors, they also mummified animals - in their millions.

It's possible up to 70 million animals were mummified and then buried in underground catacombs at over thirty sites across Egypt.

At the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital a team of radiographers and Egyptologists from the Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at Manchester University have been using the latest medical imaging technology to scan hundreds of animal mummies, removed from Egypt during the 19th and 20th centuries.

It's the biggest survey of its kind in history.

Over three nights in Autumn 2014, Horizon filmed around a dozen of these scans which have made the backbone for a documentary that tells the strange story of the bizarre role animals played in ancient Egyptian belief.

Dr Lidija McKnight lead the Manchester team of Radiographers and Egyptologists. They used a CT Scanner and X-ray machine, that would normally be used on children, to see beneath the wrappings without damaging the ancient specimens inside.

This episode of Horizon, which airs at 9pm tonight on BBC2, meets the scientists working in Egypt who are exploring the ancient underground catacombs where mummies were originally buried, and reveals why the ancient Egyptians mummified millions and millions of animals.

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70 million animal mummies: Egypt's Dark Secret. Horizon, 9pm tonight on BBC2