Mum­mies, an­i­mal stat­ues found in newly dis­cov­ered Pharaonic Age tombs

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - World -

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 in the hopes of re­viv­ing a dev­as­tated tourism sec­tor still re­cov­er­ing from the tur­moil fol­low­ing a 2011 up­ris­ing that top­pled long­time au­to­crat Hosni Mubarak.

PHO­TOS BY NA­RI­MAN EL-MOFTY AP

Cat stat­ues on dis­play, at an an­cient necrop­o­lis near Egypt’s famed pyra­mids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, were un­cov­ered by lo­cal archaeologists near the cap­i­tal Cairo. The tombs con­tain dozens of cat mum­mies, along with wooden stat­ues de­pict­ing other an­i­mals.

An ar­chae­ol­o­gist and work­ers from Up­per Egypt carry ar­ti­facts found in the newly dis­cov­ered tomb.

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