On it’s Facebook account the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has posted the discovery and awaits further analysis to offer more details.
«We will announce the details of the discovery of the chemistry of a strange animal that appears to be a large cat, perhaps a lion or a lioness, but the details will be announced after CT and DNA testing have been used to study the animal mummy, and we will announce the discovery within a few weeks, ”he said in a statement.
The stepped pyramid of Zoser, in Saqqara. According to Manetón, it was built by Imhotep, the first architect, and engineer with a known name in history.
Mummified cats are often found in ancient Egyptian ruins, but the recovery of a lion is rare. In 2004, the first lion skeleton was found, which reveals the sacred status of this animal during antiquity and its relationship with deities such as Sekhmet and Bastet.
Source: Ministry of Antiquities.