Never-Before-Seen Mummies Found In Ancient Saqqara Tombs

"It is something really a bit rare...A couple of days ago, when we discovered those coffins, they were sealed coffins with drawings of scarabs. I never heard about them before."

A Necropolis located to the south of Cairo, Egypt, is home to a never-before-seen collection of mummified remains and statues.

According to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, experts have discovered a vast collection of mummified cats, as well as an extremely rare collection of mummified scarab beetles in seven ancient Egyptian tombs at the necropolis of Saqqara.

Archeologists have also discovered a sealed door leading to what is believed to be another untouched tomb.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities has explained that archeologists will most likely open the recently discovered door in the next weeks, in order to reveal its contents to the world.

The recently uncovered tombs are believed to date back to a time shortly after the Great Pyramid of Giza was completed: about 2,500 BC to 2,350 BC.

Saqqara is believed to have been the necropolis for Memphis, ancient Egypt’s capital for more than two millennia.

Saqqara is also home to the massive Serapeum of Saqqara.

The ancient Serapeum, located north-west of the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, is thought to have served as a burial place of Apis bulls, sacred bulls that were incarnations of the ancient Egyptian deity Ptah.

Archaeological excavations that have been performed on the site for the past six months have revealed stunning discoveries: a treasure-trove of artifacts including mummies as well as wooden statues depicting a wide range of animals.

The team recovered a wooden cobra sarcophagus as well as crocodile sarcophagi. They discovered a vast collection go gilded statues depicting different animal features, as well as amulets, canopic jars, writing tools, and papyri baskets.

The cats found in the burial chambers are common at the site and they reflect ancient Egyptian worship of the cat-headed god Bastet.

Mummified animal remis discovered at the new tombs indicates that the scarab mummies, as well as cats, were religious offerings for the Egyptian afterlife.

“The (mummified) scarab is something really unique. It is something really a bit rare,” said Mr. Waziri.

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

Those 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 release.

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