The tombs of egyptian hide strange secrets. When they do not house of the treasure or the remains of ancient pharaohs, they sometimes hide the cheese. Or, scarabs, mummified! It is, of course, of very rare insects embalmed that fell a team of archaeologists during the excavation of a tomb of the fifth dynasty, have announced the local authorities.

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The mummies of beetles were present in four of the seven graves discovered during the last six months on the edge of the funerary complex of Userkaf, Saqqara, south of Cairo, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the supreme Council of antiquities, during a press conference. “The beetle [mummified] is something truly unique. This is something quite rare”, he commented. At the time of the pharaohs, the mummies of animals were used as offerings in religious.

While they were preparing the site for presentation of the latest discoveries, the archaeologists discovered another tomb of the fifth dynasty whose entrance remained sealed. This find means that the contents of the tomb may be intact, said Mohamed Yusuf, the chief inspector of the necropolis of Saqqara. It should be open in the coming weeks, he added. The fifth dynasty extended from 2,500 to 2.350 bc, shortly after the building of the great pyramid of Giza.

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