The existence of human sacrifice in ancient Egypt has been variously debated and denied. While Egyptologists generally admit that the practice existed in the formative periods of Egyptian society,1 opinions among Egyptologists for later time periods range from claiming that “there is no certain evidence for the practice of human sacrifice . . . from the Old Kingdom onwards”2 to asserting that there is “indisputable evidence for the practice of human sacrifice in classical ancient Egypt.”3 However difficult it may be for modern societies to accept that a practice we detest, such as human sacrifice, occurred in past civilizations we admire,4 further research and discoveries necessitate a reassessment of the possibility of this practice within Egyptian culture.

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