Egypt’s first “lion mummy”
Scientists discovered the first lion mummy in Egypt in Saqqara, outside of Cairo, Egypt, under the temple where the cat head goddess Basten was worshipped about 2,600 years ago.
A total of five mummies resembling lions were found. According to the results of CT scan analysis, two of them were female lions (about 1 meter in length) born about eight months old. The remaining three are probably cheetahs, leopards, or some kind of big cats.
At the same time, about 20 cat mummies and 3 crocodile mummies were unearthed. In addition, there are 75 wooden and bronze cat statues, 73 bronze statues of the god Osiris, 11 statues of the goddess of war and medicine Sekhmet, etc. A large number of unearthed cultural relics.
These relics are the products of the 26th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt around the 7th century BC.
In fact, during the same period, the lion god seemed to be widely believed as a symbol of great power. We hope that through the investigation of lion mummies, we can learn about the religious customs and other information at that time.
Indonesia finds the oldest work depicting “The Story”
Located in a cave on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, a mural painted about 43900 years ago was discovered. This is the oldest work that depicts the “Story” found so far. This inference was published by a research team from Griffith University in Australia.
In the murals, there are small crimson hunters confronting huge buffaloes and pigs. There are handprints on the edges of the murals, like an artist’s signature. The pictures of hunters with spears fighting against beasts look like hunting records, and the research team believes that there are special meanings hidden in them.
Some of the painted hunters have animal mouths and noses on their faces, and some have animal tails, looking like hunters in the form of half-humans and half-beasts. Moreover, the beasts also showed a different appearance from reality. The height of the buffalo in the painting period is about 100 centimeters, and the height of the pig is 60 centimeters. But animals such as buffalo and pigs painted on the murals are much larger than hunters.
It can be speculated that this mural is not a real record, but a “fictional story.” So, what kind of story did the author of the mural conceive, and what kind of reaction did people make?
The cause of death of a 20-year-old female mummy in the seventh century BC is determined
Located in the National Museum of Alsta in Northern Ireland, there is a mystery-filled ancient Egyptian female mummy.
It is speculated from the hieroglyphs recorded on the coffin that this was a married woman named “Takabuti”, the mistress of a mansion in Thebes, who died in her twenties. Based on the available information, it can be determined that his biological father is the priest of the sun god Amon. In addition, based on the hair analysis and carbon dating methods that have been popular in recent years, it is inferred that this female mummy lived around 660 BC, but as an excellent woman, the cause of her premature death is still unclear. .
Researchers from the National Museum of Northern Ireland and the University of Manchester started a joint investigation and finally found out the cause of death of the mummy.
A CT scan of the mummy revealed a huge stabbing wound on the upper back and near the left shoulder. From this, it can be inferred that the woman was stabbed to death by a sharp knife. At the same time, the researchers also found that this female mummy has 33 teeth compared to the normal 32 teeth. This is an extremely rare phenomenon in modern times. In addition, genetic testing showed that compared to the current Egyptians, this woman is closer to Europeans in genetics.
Who was “Takabuti”, what kind of life did he lead, and why was he assassinated at a young age? The mystery of this female mummy is deeper.