In three of the tombs of Saqqara, belonging to the New Kingdom (between the sixteenth and the eleventh centuries BC), mummies of cats were discovered, since that place served as a cemetery for the felines, representing the ancient goddess Egypt. The Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Khaled al Anani, in a statement.
The secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mustafa Waziri, declared that "for the first time" mummified beetles in that area "were discovered, as well as dozens of mummies of cats and about a hundred wooden statues of felines.
They also found other wooden statues representing different animals, such as a cobra and a crocodile, adds the note.
The Egyptian archaeologists also found in one of the mausoleums a tomb of the master of the royal buildings at the end of the 5th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom (2,400 BC), identified as Kofo Em Hat.
The Egyptian minister stressed that this discovery is part of a series of three that have been found and will be announced before the end of 2018.
Egypt works to discover new tombs and announce them regularly to attract tourists after the decline of tourism after the 2011 uprisings and the July 3 2013 coup d'état that overthrew the president, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi.