Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues

November 10, 2018 by The Associated Press
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Cat statues on display, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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

Mostafa Waziri 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 the reverence ancient Egyptians showed the felines, whose God Bastet was worshipped. Other statues depicted a lion, a cow and a falcon.

Egypt 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 Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
The leader of the excavation holds a statue found in a newly discovered tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Artifacts on display in a glass case, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Artifacts on display in their glass case in front of newly discovered tombs, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
A worker carries an artifact out of a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Papyrus on display in a glass case, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
A bronze cat statue on display, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Mummified cats inside a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
An archaeologists works on an artifact inside a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
An archaeologists works on a statue inside a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Archaeologists work on statues and artifacts inside a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Archaeologists work on statues and artifacts inside a tomb, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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Surveillance_Egg_Unit
1 / 5 (6) Nov 11, 2018
Seven years of plenty and the next seven years of famine. The cats prevented the rats and mice from eating the grain in the storehouses so that none starved during the years of famine. One of the more excellent examples of conservation.
torbjorn_b_g_larsson
3.7 / 5 (9) Nov 11, 2018
Seven years of plenty and the next seven years of famine. The cats prevented the rats and mice from eating the grain in the storehouses so that none starved during the years of famine. One of the more excellent examples of conservation.


For the record, another stupid example of trolling: that is myth, not a factual 'example'. Moreover as we all know, archaeologists have been able to reject that part of the myth in its entirety - migrations, famines et cetera did not happen.
ThomasQuinn
5 / 5 (5) Nov 11, 2018
Famines quite certainly happened, and very frequently too, up to the modern age. They still occur occasionally, as you will probably be aware, in poor regions or after large disasters.

Migrations also happened throughout (pre-)history, and very many of them, although not necessarily as they were described in 19th century history books.

None of this means that any given account from antiquity, be it from the bible or otherwise, is necessarily accurate on any or all specifics, but migrations and famines are not implausible.
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (3) Nov 11, 2018
Seven years of plenty and the next seven years of famine. The cats prevented the rats and mice from eating the grain in the storehouses so that none starved during the years of famine. One of the more excellent examples of conservation.

Yeah, but...
Mummify them? I'm sure that wasn't cheap or easy...
I think there was somethin' else going on ...
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (5) Nov 11, 2018
Tomb? From the pics it looks more like a souvenir stand. Plenty of those throughout christendom.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
1 / 5 (2) Nov 12, 2018
Seven years of plenty and the next seven years of famine. The cats prevented the rats and mice from eating the grain in the storehouses so that none starved during the years of famine. One of the more excellent examples of conservation.


For the record, another stupid example of trolling: that is myth, not a factual 'example'. Moreover as we all know, archaeologists have been able to reject that part of the myth in its entirety - migrations, famines et cetera did not happen.
says tbgl

Can you provide me with real evidence that it is only a myth, or are you just copying from something you had read which sounded official?
You also seem to be saying that Egypt has never, in all of its history, undergone a time of plenty and a time of famine. Your atheistic notions are getting in the way of common sense.
All of ancient history is mythical even if written down by scribes. How can anyone from ancient times be trusted to tell the truth, by YOUR standards.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
1 / 5 (2) Nov 12, 2018
Seven years of plenty and the next seven years of famine. The cats prevented the rats and mice from eating the grain in the storehouses so that none starved during the years of famine. One of the more excellent examples of conservation.

Yeah, but...
Mummify them? I'm sure that wasn't cheap or easy...
I think there was somethin' else going on ...
says Whyde

Perhaps the ancient Egyptians somehow associated cats with the big cats; lions, panthers, cheetahs, leopards, and noted the similarities - giving cats the benefit of a doubt as to their hunting prowess for mice and rats, compared to the big cats hunting antelope, for example. Mummification of cats may have been a sign of deep respect and gratefulness for a job well done. I believe that there are 4 basic ingredients for "curing" the cadaver so that it doesn't spoil. as well as removing the vital organs. AFAIK, it isn't too much different from the embalming process of human cadavers.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
1 / 5 (2) Nov 12, 2018
Tomb? From the pics it looks more like a souvenir stand. Plenty of those throughout christendom.
says SpookyOtto

Correct me if I'm wrong and perhaps you could give me an example, but I have noticed that in all physorg comment forums (and probably in other science websites), when atheists and unbelievers in general mention how terrible religions are, they NEVER have anything bad to say about JEWS. They talk about the Bible itself and characters spoken of as being a lie, a myth, and other epithets - but never EVER having anything bad to say about the people who call themselves JEWS. Why is that? Are they afraid of being labeled an antiSemite and a Jew-hater?
But when it comes to CHRISTIANS, it seems that it is permissible to call Christians every nasty thing that one can think of - but never anything about JOOOOS.

This is very strange and an enigma of epic proportions - mainly because Christianity and Islam both come from those biblical JOOOS.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
1 / 5 (3) Nov 12, 2018
-contd-
Christians have had many of their own holocausts throughout the history of Christianity. But the ONLY holocausts that must be respected and held in high esteem are the holocausts that were suffered by JEWS. Every holocaust suffered by all others - religious or ethnical - are not quite as important as the JEWISH holocausts and their sufferings. A strong and unfair bias exists against Christians. Why?
Particularly when the only reason for there being a Jewish religion and people at all, was for the coming birth of the Messiah or Messhiac (sp?)
Old_C_Code
3 / 5 (2) Nov 12, 2018
Yeah, but...
Mummify them?


He's talking about cats in general in Egyptian life.
Tessellatedtessellations
5 / 5 (1) Nov 12, 2018
-contd-
Christians have had many of their own holocausts throughout the history of Christianity. But the ONLY holocausts that must be respected and held in high esteem are the holocausts that were suffered by JEWS.


Perhaps because many of us grew up with older tattooed Jewish neighbors who survived the holocaust but lost most of their family? I haven't met a Christian who was enslaved, starved, experimented on and then narrowly escaped being fed to lions. I haven't known any survivors of ISIS either. Horrible things happened to Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists but not to any I know which makes it more abstract and less personal. Besides, the whole point of remembering the holocaust is to learn from it so it doesn't happen again to anyone.

As for why you see non-religious people ticked off at Christians more than others, I think there are at least two reasons for that. First, you read English and Christians are generally a majority where English is spoken.
Tessellatedtessellations
5 / 5 (1) Nov 12, 2018
--cont--
So of course you are reading English you are going to see people talking about people they encounter daily, namely Christians. I don't think I know any Zoroastrians so why would I have anything to say about them?

Second, several Christian sects believe they are on a mission from God to convince others to become Christians. That can get annoying very quickly, like late night infomercials. I avoid high pressure sales people because I don't like people who pretend to be my friend only to sell me on something, for money, or to score points with a god.

Actually, I guess there is 3rd reason. Some Christians are content to live their lives in what they see as a Christian way. Instead they force their interpretation of god's law on entire countries. Many Muslims do the same, but since I don't live in a Muslim majority country where those beliefs are forced on me, I don't think about it as much so it doesn't come up as often.
Tessellatedtessellations
5 / 5 (1) Nov 12, 2018
PS. Can't tell if you are a normal person pretending to go ape $hit over Jewish people, or if you are a Nazi. If the former you should know it isn't clear you are innocently trying to make a point. If the latter, then I can't really say anything fit to print.
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (1) Nov 12, 2018
PS. Can't tell if you are a normal person pretending to go ape $hit over Jewish people, or if you are a Nazi. If the former you should know it isn't clear you are innocently trying to make a point. If the latter, then I can't really say anything fit to print.

Tess,
It's easier than either one of those.
SEU is an avowed provocateur..
Quite possibly Jewish himself...
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
not rated yet Nov 13, 2018
PS. Can't tell if you are a normal person pretending to go ape $hit over Jewish people, or if you are a Nazi. If the former you should know it isn't clear you are innocently trying to make a point. If the latter, then I can't really say anything fit to print.

Tess,
It's easier than either one of those.
SEU is an avowed provocateur..
Quite possibly Jewish himself...
says Whyde

LOL I have known very few Jews when I lived in the UK. They are not quite as vociferous political Leftist activists as those in the US are.
But no, I am neither a Jew myself, nor am I a Religionist, for the reason that ALL religions are manmade and those adherents/members, such as believers in Judaism, are pretenders to being the ones who are closer to G-d the Creator than everyone else who aren't the same as them. There are Italian and other European Jews, Chinese Jews, Papua, New Guinean Jews, Russian Jews, and Black Hebrew Jews who claim descent from the 12 Tribes of Israel.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
not rated yet Nov 13, 2018
-contd-
The Black Hebrew Jews have their own enclave in southern Israel. Many of those came from the US and their story is quite interesting.
But what I was mentioning was about the fact that out of the 3 major religions, only Christianity is vilified so deeply amongst physorg commenters, with Islam a close second due to the murderous Muslims of ISIS and the Taliban, etc.
But the Jewish religion is very seldom mentioned and questioned, and certainly never vilified and spoken of with as much hatred for it as Christianity. So I wondered why, and I still have gotten no answer for this bias against one religion and not the other.

As far as Whyde's opinion of me being a provocateur, I don't feel that I have provoked anything out of the ordinary in these forums. Unless, of course, one of more of the commenters feels somehow put upon if he or she is a member of the Jewish faith. Of course, if one has grown up as a believer in Judaism, then any mention may be mistaken for an attack
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
not rated yet Nov 13, 2018
-contd-
on his/her religion. But on the other hand, the Christians who frequent this site may also feel that their religious affiliation may be under attack also. I wasn't attacking ANY religion, but I have noticed a strong bias against one, but not the other. To me, such religious bias is wrong and should not be happening in a science website at all.
Even SpookyOtto's almost constant mentioning of biblical characters and events by name, NEVER mentions the word, "Jewish" or "Jew", but only the Christians, Christianity, Xtian, and of course, the enigma called Jebus.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
not rated yet Nov 13, 2018
-contd-
Christians have had many of their own holocausts throughout the history of Christianity. But the ONLY holocausts that must be respected and held in high esteem are the holocausts that were suffered by JEWS.


Perhaps because many of us grew up with older tattooed Jewish neighbors who survived the holocaust but lost most of their family? I haven't met a Christian who was enslaved, starved, experimented on and then narrowly escaped being fed to lions....

As for why you see non-religious people ticked off at Christians more than others, I think there are at least two reasons for that. First, you read English and Christians are generally a majority where English is spoken.
says Tesselated

There are somewhere around 1 Billion Christians worldwide. But what you say has nothing to do with the verbal bias against Christianity and Christians in these forums, without an equal amount of bias verbiage against the Jewish religion.
-contd-
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
not rated yet Nov 13, 2018
-contd-
I believe that no verbal barrage against the Jewish religion and people are spoken in these forums due to the fear of being labeled an antiSemite, with all of the innuendo that comes with such a label. Not to mention all of the whining and whinging from those who feel hurt by it.
But being labeled an antiChristian is perfectly fine and nothing to worry about, as it is felt safe to pour out all the hatred and scorn one feels toward Christians, who are fair game.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
not rated yet Nov 13, 2018
The Armenian Genocide (Armenian: Հայոց ցեղասպանություն,[note 3] Hayots tseghaspanutyun), also known as the Armenian Holocaust,[9] was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians,[note 2] mostly citizens within the Ottoman Empire.[10][11] The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported from Constantinople (now Istanbul) to the region of Ankara 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders, the majority of whom were eventually murdered.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
not rated yet Nov 13, 2018
The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases—the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian Desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.[12] Other ethnic groups were similarly targeted for extermination in the Assyrian genocide and the Greek genocide, and their treatment is considered by some historians to be part of the same genocidal policy.[1][2] Most Armenian diaspora communities around the world came into being as a direct result of the genocide.[13]

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