dozens mummy cats and an extremely rare collection of mummified scarabs were discovered in seven sarcophagus of 6,000 years old, at the edge of the pyramidal complex of the sacred necropolis, Egypt.
Ancient Egyptian antiquity minister announced the discovery of an Egyptian archaeological mission during excavations that began in April.
Three of the sarcophagi found at that point were used exclusively for cats, he said, while one of the remaining four was never open.
This sarcophagus originates from the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom. What makes a grave unusual is the fact that its façade and doors are intact, which means that its contents may be intact, said Mohamed Youssef, the director of the Sakharov excavation.
Experts intend to explore its content in the coming weeks.
Mozaha Waziri, head of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities, reveals that the mission also brought to light the first mummy scarabs found in the area.
Two such mummies were found in a rectangular limestone sarcophagus with a dome lid decorated with three scarabs painted in black.
Another scarab mummy collection was found in a small sarcophagus.
In addition to dozens of discovered mummy cats, archaeologists also found 100 wooden statues of gold and a bronze doll dedicated to Goddess Batete.
The cats had a particularly important and honorable position in ancient Egyptian culture, and their mummies were placed in graves as religious offerings.