Egyptian Cat Mummies and  Unearthed at Necropolis

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Archaeologists in Egypt 

have unearthed a trove of artifacts at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, including 250 complete mummies

The artifacts date to 

around 2,500 years ago, during Egypt's Late Period, according to a statement from Egypt’s antiquities ministry.

The trove was found

 at Saqqara's "Cemetery of Ancient Animals," a temple complex outside Cairo once dubbed "Bubasteion" 

"Bubasteion" — a reference to

 the ancient Egyptian goddess Bast or Bastet, who was worshiped there in the form of a cat

Today's discovery

 confirms that the temple wasn't exclusively for cats, but for other Egyptian deities too

The necropolis at

 Saqqara is near the edge of a desert plateau about 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) south of Cairo.

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