Pharaonic Age tombs with cat mum­mies found in Cairo

The Asian Age - - Newsmakers -

Saqqara, Egypt: A top Egyp­tian an­tiq­ui­ties of­fi­cial says lo­cal archaeologists have dis­cov­ered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the cap­i­tal Cairo con­tain­ing dozens of cat mum­mies along with wooden stat­ues de­pict­ing other an­i­mals and birds. Mostafa Waziri told re­porters Satur­day that the dis­cov­ery at Saqqara also in­cludes mum­mies of scarabs, the first ever to be found in the area. Of the stat­ues found, those de­pict­ing cats were the ma­jor­ity, re­flect­ing the rev­er­ence an­cient Egyp­tians showed the fe­lines, whose God Bastet was wor­shipped. Other stat­ues de­picted a lion, a cow and a fal­con. Egypt has been whip­ping up pub­lic­ity for its new his­tor­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies to re­vive a dev­as­tated tourism sec­tor.

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