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A lion mummy may have been discovered at famed pyramid site

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a big animal mummy that will include the stays of a lion or lioness.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities mentioned on Monday the mother was excavated in Saqqara, a city south of Cairo that was an unlimited necropolis in antiquity and is dwelling to the famed Step Pyramid.

Archeologists ceaselessly discover mummified cats, however the restoration of a lion is uncommon. In 2004, the primary lion skeleton was discovered, revealing the sacred standing of the animal throughout historical instances.


Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled Al-Anani visited the positioning on Thursday, in accordance with a Fb put up by the nation’s Ministry of Antiquities. The stays of a lot of cats had been discovered on the web site, a few of which had been massive, officers mentioned.

Step Pyramid of Djoser (Zoser) and Userkaf pyramid, Saqqara – file picture.
(Picture by DeAgostini/Getty Photos)

Extra particulars of the invention can be introduced on Nov. 23, the Ministry of Antiquities added.

The pyramid complicated of Saqqara is a UNESCO World Heritage web site. The complicated is a “masterpiece of architectural design,” in accordance with UNESCO, which notes that the Step Pyramid, or Pyramid of Djoser, is the primary pyramid ever constructed.


In one other venture, archaeologists just lately uncovered 30 wood coffins in an historical necropolis within the southern Egyptian metropolis of Luxor.

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany examines a coffin in the Saqqara necropolis.

Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany examines a coffin within the Saqqara necropolis.
(Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities)

Officers mentioned that the “cache” of coffins was discovered on two ranges of the Asasif Necropolis, a cemetery within the historical city of West Thebes. The necropolis consists of tombs courting again to the Center, New Kingdom and the Late Intervals (1994-332 B.C.).

Images from the Ministry of Antiquities present coloured human-shaped coffins with inscriptions and work.

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany with officials during his visit to the excavation site in Saqqara.

Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany with officers throughout his go to to the excavation web site in Saqqara.
(Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities)

Earlier this yr, archaeologists additionally uncovered an historical cemetery close to the well-known Giza pyramids simply outdoors Cairo.

Final yr, Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry introduced the invention of an historical necropolis close to the Nile Valley metropolis of Minya, south of Cairo. The massive cemetery is positioned north of Tuna al-Gabal space, an unlimited archaeological web site on the sting of the western desert. It consists of a number of burial shafts and hosts greater than 1,000 statues and a few 40 sarcophagi in addition to different artifacts.


The Related Press contributed to this text. Observe James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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