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TextAncient Egyptians believed cats, and other animals, held a special position in the afterlife.
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a collection of mummified cats and scarab beetles in a series of ancient tombs.Text
Further work at the site in Saqqara is planned. Archaeologists found the door to another tomb that remains sealed and they plan to open it in the coming weeks.
THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS mummified more than just human corpses. Animals were viewed not only as pets, but as incarnations of gods. As such, the Egyptians buried millions of mummified cats, birds, and other creatures at temples honoring their deities.
Organic material decays rapidly, especially in hot climes like that of Egypt, Evershed said. Therefore, it was important for embalmers to remove water along with a corpse's internal organs before mummification. (Water is essential for bacteria, which can quickly rot a corpse.) To dry out a body, the ancient Egyptians rubbed salt into the corpse. Substances such as oils, beeswax, and pine tree resins—which repel water and microbes—were then applied. "To preserve something for hundreds or thousands of years, the most important thing is to halt rehydration and microbial decay," Evershed said.
Animals were viewed not only as pets ...As such, the Egyptians buried millions of mummified cats and other creatures
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a collection of mummified cats and scarab beetles in a series of ancient tombs.
Organic material decays rapidly, especially in hot climes like that of Egypt, Therefore, it was important for embalmers to remove water along with a corpse's internal organs
originally posted by: solve
a reply to: rhynouk
Many of these are actually fakes, from the correct time period, but fake, it was a lucrative business to make them because they were a popular thing to add in tombs,
Given the complexities of mummification, and the proximity of animal catacombs to temples, the practice was clearly administered by the priesthood, which seems to have treated it as a business. Preparations range from simple linen wrappings to fancy coffins shaped to evoke the animal inside: a divine messenger for every price point.