Egypt : local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo

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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.

Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
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, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local …

Cats held special place in Ancient Egypt and were mummified as religious offerings

Egyptian archaeologist cleans bronze ancient Egyptian sitting cat statue on Saturday (AFP)
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Artifacts on display in a glass case, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt’s famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age …
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Artifacts on display in their glass case in front of newly discovered tombs, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt’s famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local …
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
A worker carries an artifact out of a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt’s famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic …
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Papyrus on display in a glass case, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt’s famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age …
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
A bronze cat statue on display, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt’s famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs …
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Mummified cats inside a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt’s famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs …
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
An archaeologists works on an artifact inside a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt’s famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven …
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
An archaeologists works on a statue inside a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt’s famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven …
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Archaeologists work on statues and artifacts inside a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt’s famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered …
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Archaeologists work on statues and artifacts inside a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt’s famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered …

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