Scientists Find Never-Before-Seen Mummies In Ancient Saqqara Tomb

Sensational: an ancient Necropolis located to the south of Cairo contains a wealth of preserved creatures and statues, never-before-seen by archaeologists.

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has revealed an unusual archaeological find that was made in Saqqara, the site of the most important necropolis of the ancient city of Memphis.

Archaeologists have come across dozens of feline mummies, as well as an unprecedented rare collection of mummified scarab beetles while exploring seven ancient tombs at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara.

Experts say that the toms are home to a wide variety of animals, some of which had never been seen mummified before.

For the first time ever, archaeologists have found two beetles deposited in a rectangular sandstone sarcophagus, with a vaulted and decorated lid, highlights Reuters.

Just as the ancients would embalm human mummies, the insects were wrapped in a special cloth and preserved for the afterlife. Archaeologists say that animals treated in this matter are thought to have been religious offerings for the ancient Egyptian afterlife.

A much larger collection of beetle mummies was discovered inside another smaller sarcophagus, say, archaeologists.

But despite finding a number of mummified beetles, the crypt seems to have been oriented towards feline mummies.

According to experts, the mysterious tomb is believed to date back to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, which ruled over ancient Egypt from about 2,500 BC to 2,350 BC, a period corresponding to not long after the great pyramid of Giza successfully built.

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

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

But in addition to mummified cats and scarab beetles, archaeologists also discovered painted wooden cobra and crocodile sarcophagi, as well as a vast collection of gilded statues depicting animal features.

They also came across several amulets, canopic jars, writing tools, and papyri baskets.

Experts expect that more similar discoveries will be made in the near future. The tombs where the recent mummified remains were found lies in a buried ridge which has still not been fully excavated by experts.

the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities tweeted several pictures of the sensational discovery in an effort to draw visitors back to Egypt, after months of unrest that caused visitors to avoid traveling to Egypt:

Experts working to excavate the tomb hope to “show the exceptional richness of the Egyptian civilization and to attract the attention of the world towards its magnificent monuments and great civilization so that it becomes the focus of the world as it deserves,” according to the ministry’s statement.

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