Egypt says it’s unearthed large animal mummy, likely a lion
Egypt, Cairo: The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt reports that locals have uncovered the remains of an exceptionally large animal possibly the lion or lioness.
On Monday, the Minister informed, the mummy that it had been excavated in Saqqara, a town south of Cairo that was a vast necropolis in antiquity and is home to the famed Step Pyramid.
Mummified cats are often found by archeology, but a lion recovery is rare.
A first lion skeleton was found in 2004 which revealed the animal’s sacred status in 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 archeological treasures in hopes of reviving a tourism sector slow to recover from the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.