Dustsceawung
Reflection on the remains of the past as a way of emphasising the transience of life was such a common theme in Old English literature that they had a special word for this motif: Dustsceawung, 'contemplation of the dust.'

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Crocodile Mummy, from the Fayum region, Lower Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, c. 2nd century B.C.E.University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The cult centres of the crocodile god, Sobek, were concentrated in the Fayum region and at Kom Ombo, in Upper Egypt, but Crocodile cults were widespread during the Graeco-Roman period. Although the careful wrapping of the crocodile’s muzzle originally led to the assumption that this mummy contained a single animal, x-rays of the package have revealed that it in fact contains three baby crocodiles.

Crocodile Mummy, from the Fayum region, Lower Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, c. 2nd century B.C.E.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The cult centres of the crocodile god, Sobek, were concentrated in the Fayum region and at Kom Ombo, in Upper Egypt, but Crocodile cults were widespread during the Graeco-Roman period. Although the careful wrapping of the crocodile’s muzzle originally led to the assumption that this mummy contained a single animal, x-rays of the package have revealed that it in fact contains three baby crocodiles.

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