Archaeologists Discover Dozens Of Cat Mummies, 100 Cat Statues In Ancient Tomb

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The artifacts were found in seven tombs found in the past six months on the outskirts of the complex of pyramid of Pharaoh Userkaf in the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, South of Cairo.

Researchers are set to open the vault in the coming weeks, head of the Saqqara complex Mohamed Youseff said.

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.

A few years ago in Successcom the necropolis was discovered about 8 million mummy dogs, which were buried about 2.5 thousand years ago in the catacombs near the Church of the God of death Anubis.

(Nariman El-Mofty/AP) The leader of the excavation holds a statue found in a newly discovered tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, November 10, 2018.

And while cat mummies are fascinating, Catanzariti said they were also pretty common in ancient Egypt, where cats were bred for the objective.

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The Ministry of Antiquities was clear about its goals in announcing the discoveries: attracting visitors back to Egypt's heritage sites, as the country has experienced a significant drop in tourists since the 2011 mass protests that overthrew dictatorial president Hosni Mubarak. Another collection of scarab mummies was also found inside a smaller, limestone sarcophagus decorated with one scarab painted in black.

According to the Secretary-General of the Higher Council for Affairs of antiquities of Egypt Mostafa Vaziri, the discovery of the mummified scarabs is an extremely rare find.

The names of two ancient Egyptian women called Subek Sekt and Mafy were also found engraved on a door, but archeologists are working to find out who they were.

As they prepared the site to exhibit the new discoveries, they ended up stumbling across the door of another tomb which appears to have never been touched before.

The team also found painted wooden cobra and crocodile sarcophagi, a collection of gilded statues depicting animal features, as well as objects including amulets, canopic jars, writing tools and papyri baskets.

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