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Nautical Treasury

Mummified Toad, Corotas, Yemen

Mummified Toad, Corotas, Yemen © Graeme Walker / The Pebble Museum 2019

An example of a "dafade jafa", or "dry frog" collected on the island of Corotas (Yemen) in 1996. This mummified specimen was located adjacent to the معبد البرمائيات, the prehistoric (3800-2100 BCE) "Amphibian Temple", where in 1850 French Archeologist Mr Éric LaFromboise of the School of Carcassonne found over 300,000 mummified remains of salamanders, toads, newts and frogs in a hidden vault, perhaps as an offering to a hitherto unknown deity.