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Egypt hints at 'mummified lion' discovery

By T.K. Randall
November 17, 2019 · Comment icon 7 comments

The Pyramid of Djoser complex at Saqqara. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Daniel Mayer
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the mummy of a very large animal, most likely a lion or lioness.
The Ministry of Antiquities reported on Monday that the mummy, which is much larger than most, was unearthed in Saqqara - a vast ancient burial ground south of Cairo that once served as the necropolis for the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.

It is home to numerous structures including the world-famous Step Pyramid of Djoser.

According to the ministry, it is still not completely clear that the mummy is that of a lion however all should be revealed when radar scans are undertaken over the next few days.
A press conference is expected next week with the full details of the discovery.

While cat mummies were very common in ancient Egypt, lion mummies were much rarer. The people of the time worshipped domestic cats as the living incarnation of the half-feline, half-woman Goddess Bastet, so it is likely that lions and other large cat species would have been especially revered.

The first example of a lion mummy - which was preserved as a skeleton - was found back in 2004.

It turned out to be one of the largest lions known to science.

Source: Washington Post | Comments (7)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Stiff 3 years ago
I'm hoping it's a Bigfoot under there. That should stir up a hornets nest. Actually, that might explain how they moved some of the larger items around too.†
Comment icon #2 Posted by hetrodoxly 3 years ago
It probably contains 12 cat heads, 15 legs, 11 tails and a rabbit.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Carnoferox 3 years ago
There is a†very real possibility that it's stuffed with the remains of multiple animals instead of just one lion.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
Fun fact: There's an ancient Egyptian lioness-headed goddess too. Sekhmet. Her domains were mainly warfare, murder, and healing. (Classic Egyptian deity duality, there.)
Comment icon #5 Posted by Tom1200 3 years ago
Apis Bulls and now Lions at Saqqara?† Whoopee!† Tin foil hat time!† Itís obvious that these are an ancient Egyptian power station to beam information from distant planets warning us of impending disaster in the 2020 US presidential race when an earthquake will hit the south coast of Kansas ripping the country in two and releasing millions of carbons into the atmosphere blocking out the sun and causing global warming and killing the penguins and itís all Trumpís fault or maybe Prince Andrewís cos we all hate him at the moment as well. Of course we need real science to back this up, so here goes... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by hetrodoxly 3 years ago
If you start tugging on that bull hoping for milk you're in for a big surprise.†
Comment icon #7 Posted by Still Waters 3 years ago
Related: †

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