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Egypt says it's unearthed large animal mummy, likely a lion


Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says local archeologists have unearthed the mummy of an unusually large animal, most likely a lion or lioness.

Egypt says it's unearthed large animal mummy, likely a lion
Mummified lion found in the tomb of Tutankhamun's wet nurse Maia in 2004
[Credit: P. Chapuis/MAFB. Copyright Hypogees]
The ministry said on Monday the mummy was excavated in Saqqara, a town south of Cairo that was a vast necropolis in antiquity and is home to the famed Step Pyramid.


Archaeologists frequently find mummified cats but the recovery of a lion is rare. In 2004, the first lion skeleton was found, revealing the sacred status of the animal during ancient times.

The ministry says it will expand on the discovery at a press conference after running radar scans.

Egypt has stepped up promotion of its archaeological treasures in hopes of reviving a tourism sector slow to recover from the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Source: Associated Press [November 11, 2019]

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