Hoards of mummified cats were discovered by archaeologists in a cemetery in what used to be the antiquated metropolis of Memphis.
Cat people come in all shapes, sizes, and generations. Those same generations go back thousands of years, especially around the times of the Ancient Egyptians, probably the most fanatical of feline fans.
There was further evidence from the Land of the Pharaohs revealed on Saturday when Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities made it official that the discovery, estimated to be roughly 6,000 years old, included 100 wooden cat sculptures as well as a bronze replica of Egyptian cat goddess Bastet.
Archaeological excavations revealed there were seven other tombs discovered, including one that's still sealed. But besides the collection of cats for scholars to examine, other arcane treasures included sarcophagi that housed a number of cobras and crocodiles. Although it was easy to tally the number of kitty mummies, scientists are still finding artifacts, which number in the thousands.
The Ministries of Antiquities was really trying to hype the discovery, with hopes of boosting tourism, by promising visitors to Egypt a chance to see the relics for free once they're set up in the Imhotep Museum of Saqqara. Cultural ministers in the federal government want to get as much publicity mileage out of the event to highlight Egypt's rich and ancient past, a critical chapter in the development of civilization, especially in the past few thousand years.
The marketing, it is hoped, will be enough to take people's minds off the violence that's been a regular occurrence since the Arab Spring of 2013, when President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi overthrew Mohamed Morsi, the country's first democratically-elected political leader. A few rebellious outbreaks still take place from time to time, but none anywhere near as devastating as the Rabaa massacre that resulted in the death of more than a thousand protesters against the Sisi regime.
Tourism, one of Egypt's biggest economic injectors, dropped by more than 40 percent in 2013, bringing in $5.3 billion. The Arab Spring is cited as the main reason for the decline. The industry is slowly coming back, enough for the United Nations' World Tourism Organization, to rank the country as the second-fastest growing tourist destination in 2018.