IN early November, archaeologists in Egypt (埃及) announced that they found seven new tombs near Cairo (開羅). Built during the time of the pharaohs, the tombs contain dozens of cat and scarab beetle mummies. Wooden sculptures of other animals, including lions, oxen and falcons, were also found.
This is the first time scarab mummies have been found, though not for the cats. In the past, Egyptian archaeologists once found around 300,000 cat mummies in a temple near the Nile (尼羅河).
Ancient Egyptians often mummified their cats as a religious offering, whereas humans were mummified so that they could still have their bodies during the afterlife. But cats were mummified using the same method as humans.
(This article is published on Goodies on 26 November 2018)