January 06, 2020
Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities last month revealed details on hundreds of recently discovered animal mummies, saying they include two lion cubs as well as several crocodiles, birds and cats.
Archaeologists also found wooden and bronze cat statues representing the ancient goddess Bastet and a rare large stone scarab (large beetle), described as “the largest all over the world.”
They also displayed two mummies of ichneumon, or the Egyptian mongoose, wrapped in linen bandages and wooden and tin-glazed statuettes of the goddess Sekhmet, represented as a woman with the head of a lioness. There were also strips of papyrus with depictions of the goddess Taweret depicted as a hippopotamus with the tail of a crocodile.
Markings on the artifacts show they date back to 664-332 B.C.
SOURCE: Washington Post Health & Science, 12/10/19