Egyptian archaeologists uncover 'unique' beetle mummies, sealed Fifth Dynasty tomb

Egyptian archaeologists uncover 'unique' beetle mummies, sealed Fifth Dynasty tomb

Egyptian archaeologists uncover 'unique' beetle mummies, sealed Fifth Dynasty tomb

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced that the discovery was made at the edge of the King Userkaf pyramid complex in the Saqqara Necropolis, and consists of three New Kingdom tombs and four Old Kingdom tombs, the most important of which belonged to Khufu-Imhat, the overseer of the royal buildings in the royal palace.

A bronze statue dedicated to the cat goddess Bastet, along with 100 wooden, gilded statues of cats and dozens of cat mummies were also unearthed, AFP said.

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.

Egypt is promoting the new discoveries in a bid to revive its flagging tourism sector following a 2011 uprising that toppled long-time leader Hosni Mubarak. Two large mummies of scarabs were found inside a rectangular limestone sarcophagus with a vaulted lid decorated with three scarabs painted in black.

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany announced the ancient cat artifacts on November 10, and the Ministry took to Twitter to share images of the long-deceased felines, wrapped in ribbons of cloth.




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

The tomb dates from the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.

An exciting collection of Egyptian artifacts were just discovered in Saqqara, and if you want to be the first to see them for free, you'll want to book a trip to the Imhotep Museum of Saqqara soon.

Besides the sacred beetles, the archeologists also found dozens of mummified cats, animals that were revered in ancient Egypt for killing snakes and protecting pharaohs. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, called the bugs in particular unique.

Of more historic importance was a collection of mummified scarab beetles and, separately, two other extremely well-preserved examples found in their own sarcophagus with drawings of scarabs on them. "I had never heard about them before".

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