(rats. Hit the wrong key)
In any case, this is extremely significant because it changes the cultural context of what the lion symbol meant to them... or, rather, provides PROOF
of a new context. It was found to be ritually aligned to the East (meaning it wasn't just let in the tomb and left to die). It was old (and
therefore a creature of significance) and one of the largest lions found.
And anthropologists and Egyptologists are already squabbling over the real significance of this. There *may* be other lion mummies around. Finding
one would add clues about which idea(s) is correct.
To give you an idea of how huge this guy was, stand up... and then place your hand right about at level of your armpit. If you're of average height,
that would have been the top of the lion's head (with mane -- not the actual skull) when he stood next to you.
He was left in an area dedicated to Bast, which was apparently turned into a temple after the original burial.
((g)... what can I say? I like lions. And Bast. And Egyptology)