Rare lion cub mummies found at Egypt’s ‘City of the Dead’ for first time ever in massive treasure haul

Among the haul were crocodiles, a mongoose, birds, cats, and Egypt’s first discovery of lion cub mummies.


Mummified animals are often found at Egyptian burial sites, and cats are particularly common due to their holy status.

And although a lion skeleton has previously been found at Saqqara, this latest discovery is the first time mummified cubs have been uncovered.

“We are finding here hundreds of objects,” said Khaled el-Anany, Egypt’s Antiquities Minister.

“All of them are very interesting from the Egyptological point of view to know better this area.”

The Saqqara necropolis is a vast and ancient burial ground.

It served as the main burial site for the Ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.

The site spans 7 x 1.5km (4.35 x 0.93 miles) and is located around 30km (19 miles) south of Cairo.

It has a number of large pyramids – including the famous Step pyramid of Djoser.’

It includes a number of large pyramids, and dates back to the Early Dynastic Period, which was between 3100 BC and 2686 BC.

Archaeologists believe at least 17 Egyptian kings built pyramids at Saqqara.


And it remained an important complex for burials and ceremonies for over 3,000 years, even into Roman times.

There may be as many as five lion cubs among the mummy haul, but just two have been confirmed so far.

However, hundreds of mummified birds, crocodiles and other animals have also been found.

Egyptian authorities also uncovered wooden and bronze cat statues, two mummies of the Egyptian mongoose, and strips of papyrus used to create holy artworks.

Khaled described the discovery as “a museum by itself”.

The artefacts belong to the 26th Dynasty, which was around the 7th century BC.

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