Cat Mummies Found In Egypt
Burials were excavated on the edge of the Pharaoh Userkaf pyramid complex
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An ancient Egyptian tomb belonging to the Fifth Royal Dynasty (about 2,500 BC to 2,350 BC) was found on the edge the King Userkaf pyramid complex.
“Archaeologists were preparing the site of the exploration to be presented to visitors when another sealed tomb had been found,” Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities said.
Among the findings were cat mummies and gilded statues of cats, including a bronze statue dedicated to the cat goddess Bastet. The archaeologists also found scarab mummies and a crocodile sarcophagus.
In ancient Egypt, humans were mummified to preserve their bodies for the afterlife. The animal mummies more often served as the religious offerings to Gods, Reuters wrote.
Animals were believed to have been buried next to their owners at their owners’ requests.