Dozens of cat mummies, rare beetles discovered in Egyptian tombs

Marsha Scott
November 13, 2018

Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the mission had also unearthed the first mummies of scarabs to be found in the area.

Mummified cats, scarabs, and a 4,500-year-old "untouched" tomb unearthed in Egypt When archaeologists made their way through a 4,500-year-old necropolis and found an extraordinarily rare collection of mummified cats and beetles, they could hardly imagine their exploration would lead on to something even bigger.

Wooden statues of cats, much-revered animals in ancient Egypt, were also found along with a bronze effigy dedicated to Bastet, the feline goddess of fertility. Wooden gilded statues of a lion, a cow, and a falcon, and also 1,000 other artefacts were also unearthed.

Tourism in Egypt suffered in the aftermath of the mass protests that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Two such mummies were found inside a rectangular limestone sarcophagus with a vaulted lid decorated with three scarabs painted in black, he said.

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities announced on Saturday that seven tombs were discovered on the western side of Giza's Saqqara necropolis.

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An archaeologists works on an artifact inside a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt.

He also said that the Egyptian mission selected such a site to excavate because "there was a high probability that a collection of Old Kingdom tombs for individual could be uncovered around the ramp of King Userkaf pyramid complex". As told journalists the Minister of antiquities of Egypt, Khaled al-Anon just found more than 200 mummies beetles, which in Ancient Egypt was considered a symbol of happiness, bring good luck and prosperity to its owner.

Ancient Egyptians may not have worshiped their cats, but there's ample evidence that they viewed the small mammals as divine.

"A couple of days ago, when we discovered those coffins, they were sealed coffins with drawings of scarabs", he added. He said experts plan to open the tomb in the coming weeks, according to Reuters. "I never heard about them before".

For instance, 200 mummified cats were discovered, as well as sarcophagi for cobras, cats, and crocodiles.

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