Hundreds of Mummified Animals, Including Cats, Crocodiles, and Cobras, Found in Ancient Egypt Displayed for First Time at Saqqara

Tourists showed up in large numbers to see the artefacts on display
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A large cache of mummified animals found in an ancient Egyptian necropolis have been displayed for the first time near the capital Cairo.

Archaeologists discovered the trove last year near the Step Pyramid of Saqqara, south of the capital.

They uncovered hundreds of artefacts, including masks, statues and mummified cats, crocodiles, cobras and birds.

Egyptian authorities unveiled the artefacts at an exhibition near the Saqqara necropolis on Saturday.

Tests are being carried out to verify whether two of the mummified animals are lion cubs, Egypt’s ministry of antiques said.

Unlike mummified cats, which are frequently found by archaeologists, the discovery of intact lions is considered rare.

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SOURCE: BBC News