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History Heads Up; Ten Cat Mummies Found Near Ancient Egyptian Pyramid


History says that for ancient Egyptians, cats were so important to them. The literally sacrificed their country for them. Archeologists have found many ruins of statues and drawings of cats in the archeological excavations.

Some deities such as Mafdet, Bastet as well as Sekmet were decipted and sculptured with cat like heads for representing justice fertility and power. Mafdet is the first known cat headed deity in ancient Egypt. History says that in ancient Egypt, cats were identified as the protector of the Pharaoh’s chambers from snakes.

Recently, researchers have found some mummified cats with some other wooden cat statues in a tomb complex near the site of Saqqara in Egypt. This tomb complex were located near a pyramid that that built for the Pharaoh Userkaf, reigned from 2291 B.C. up to 2289 B.C.

They have found ten cat mummies so far and the wooden statues were gilded with gold. Also they have found a statue of Egyptian goddess Bastet who has a shape of cat, which statue is made from bronze.

There are many other statues were found in the complex including statues depicting lion, cow, falcon and crocodile. Also two mummified beetles as well as cobras were found.

A papyri containing chapters from the book of dead which is a series of spells and instructions to the dead to navigate in the underworld.


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