An Egyptian scarab and five clay tablets with carvings of naked women depicting ancient fertility goddesses have been found in Rehob, a 3,500-year-old Israeli city. The artefacts are thought to have been used at home, as part of popular domestic domestic religious practice, mainly related to fertility of women. The ancient scarab, made of a mineral called steatite, contains a hieroglyphic inscription saying that it was created for a deceased man named'Amenemhat'. According to the translation, the mystery man Amenemhat was the'scribe of the house of the overseer of'sealed items'. These materials referred to in the title represent various products and raw materials dealt with by the administration, they wrote.
Archaeologists in Egypt said today that they had discovered dozens of cat mummies, a rare collection of mummified scarab beetles, as well as an apparently pristine Fifth Dynasty tomb they plan to open in the coming weeks. The mummified beetles - the first ever to be found in the area - were among artefacts found in seven tombs discovered over the past six months on the edge of the King Userkaf pyramid complex at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo. The burial chambers also contained wooden statues depicting other animals and birds. As they were preparing the site to present the latest discoveries, archaeologists found the door of another tomb that remains sealed, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. Archaeologists in Egypt said today that they have found dozens of mummified cats, a rare collection of mummified scarab beetles, as well as an apparently pristine Fifth Dynasty tomb they plan to open in the coming weeks.
Archaeologists reveal mummified cats and scarab beetles found in recently discovered tombs near Cairo. Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a collection of mummified cats and scarab beetles in a series of ancient tombs. The finds, dating back more than 4,000 years, were made at Saqqara, south of Cairo. The vast burial ground served the city of Memphis - ancient Egypt's capital for 2,000 years. Ancient Egyptians believed cats, and other animals, held a special position in the afterlife.
At an excavation of a pharaoh's 4,500-year-old pyramid complex, Egyptian archaeologists discovered dozens of mummified cats -- in addition to 100 ornate cat statues. Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany announced the ancient cat artifacts on Nov. 10, and the Ministry took to Twitter to share images of the long-deceased felines, wrapped in ribbons of cloth. Ancient Egyptians may not have worshiped their cats, but there's ample evidence that they viewed the small mammals as divine. Piles of mummified scarab beetles were also found in the tomb. The large beetles lay buried under the lid of heavy limestone sarcophagus for 4,500 years.