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Ashkelon Cat

5_Cat_Ashkelon The modern housecat was likely domesticated in 4th millennium Egypt, when tabby African wildcats were invited into the human community.  In Egypt, they were not only important for controlling vermin, but paintings depict cats used for hunting birds.  Their ancestors roam throughout archaeological sites today, often begging for treats and earning nicknames from lonely archaeologists (like Bagheera, pictured here in Ashkelon).