Dozens of cat mummies, rare beetles discovered in Egyptian tombs

A mass cat cemetery and a collection of rare mummified scarab beetles were discovered during an archeologica...

Posted: Nov 12, 2018 3:24 AM
Updated: Nov 12, 2018 3:24 AM

A mass cat cemetery and a collection of rare mummified scarab beetles were discovered during an archeological excavation in Saqqara, Egypt, the nation's antiquities ministry said Saturday.

Seven tombs were discovered during the archaeological mission, which started in April. They included three tombs with dozens of cat mummies that can be traced back to the fifth and sixth dynasties thousands of years ago.

Africa

Animals

Anthropology and archeology

Cats

Continents and regions

Egypt

Humanities and social sciences

Life forms

Mammals

Middle East and North Africa

Northern Africa

Ancient Egypt

Historical eras

History and historical discoveries

Four other tombs were found, including one belonging to Khufu-Imhat, the overseer of buildings in the royal palace.

A collection of scarab beetles was also unearthed in a section called the Memphis necropolis. Two of the insects were wrapped in linen inside a rectangular limestone sarcophagus decorated with paintings of large black beetles considered sacred in ancient Egypt.

An additional collection of scarab mummies was found in a smaller sarcophagus, according to Dr. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

A bronze cat statue dedicated to the cat goddess Bastet was found among 100 wooden gilded cat statues and dozens of mummified cats.

Government officials and ambassadors from all over the world toured the newly-discovered tombs south of Cairo on Saturday. They also saw wooden gilded statues with the features of a lion, a cow and a falcon, as well as 1,000 amulets, some jars, writing tools, and chapters from the Book of the Dead.

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.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 64°
Albert Lea
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 68°
Austin
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 66°
Charles City
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 64°
Rochester
Few Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Rain and storms are possible the rest of the week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Osage ranks second in IGHSAU volleyball poll

Image

RCTC draws with Martin Luther

Image

Grand Meadow sweeps Randolph

Image

Making wine in North Iowa

Image

Pastor's e-mail is hacked

Image

DMC takes over Rochester

Image

Weather forecast 9/19

Image

Body Found in Forestville State Park

Image

3D art in One Discovery Square

Image

Flu season coming

Community Events