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Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues

AP  |  Saqqara (Egypt) 

A top Egyptian says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals and birds.

told reporters Saturday that the discovery at Saqqara also includes mummies of scarabs, the first ever to be found in the area.

Of the statues found, those depicting cats were the majority, reflecting ancient Egyptians showed the felines, whose God Bastet was worshipped. Other statues depicted a lion, a cow and a falcon.

has been whipping up publicity for its new historical discoveries in the hopes of reviving a devastated tourism sector still recovering from the turmoil following a 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 21:35 IST