- Archaeologists explore the catacombs of Anubis, an Egyptian god that's half-dog, half-human
- They estimate more than 8 million animals, mostly dogs, were stacked there wrapped in bandages
- "We hadn't expected that there would be so many animals," lead Egyptologist says
(CNN)For centuries, dogs have been humans' loyal, domesticated companions. They've been wild animals, doing what's needed to survive. And in ancient Egypt, they served as bridges to the afterlife, with the hope that they'd intercede with the god Anubis on their owner's behalf.