Sunday, 11 November 2018

Hoard of mummified cats found in Egypt

Dozens of cat mummies and rare mummified scarab beetles have been unearthed in seven ancient Egyptian tombs south of Cairo. The tombs are thought to date to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, which ruled Egypt from about 2,500 BC to 2,350 BC. Depictions of cats were common, reflecting the ancient Egyptian worship of the cat-headed god Bastet.
Scarabs also held great religious significance in ancient Egypt. They were associated with the sun god Khepri.