Dozens of Cat Mummies Found in Egyptian Tombs – Perhaps, They Are Only Cats in the World That Look Really Creepy but Not Cute (Shocking Pics)

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Archeologists have discovered dozens of cat mummies and a rare collection of mummified scarab beetles in 6,000-year-old tombs in Egypt.

Keep on reading Nexter.org to know more about the weird finding.

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Source: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Surprising discovery 

it is a common and well-known fact that ancient Egyptians admired cats – now we find out that they loved mummifying them. But that’s not the only ‘thing’ was discovered and surprised us even more – turns out, ancient Egyptians mummified scarab beetles, too.

Archeologist reported about a mass cat cemetery and a collection of rare mummified scarab beetles were discovered during an 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.

Also in the tomb were 100 gilded wooden cat statues, as well as a bronze statue of Bastet, the goddess of cats.

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Source: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Two large specimens of mummified scarab beetles were found wrapped in linen, apparently in very good condition. They were inside sarcophagi decorated with drawings of scarabs.

The tomb dates from the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, and archaeologists have found another one nearby with its door still sealed — raising the possibility that its contents are untouched.

“The (mummified) scarab is something really unique. It is something really a bit rare,” Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, told outlets including Reuters.

“A couple of days ago, when we discovered those coffins, they were sealed coffins with drawings of scarabs. I never heard about them before.”

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Source: Nariman El-Mofty/AP

As experts later explained, cats held a special place in ancient Egypt and were mummified as religious offerings. However, despite ancient Egyptians saw cats as divine, they didn’t exactly worship them.

“What they did is to observe their behavior,” she said, and create gods and goddesses in their image — much as they did with other animals, including dogs, crocodiles, snakes and bulls,” Antonietta Catanzariti, curator of the Smithsonian Sackler Gallery exhibit Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt said.


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