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In pictures: New archaeological discovery in the Egypt

Egypt unveiled a cache of 75 wooden and bronze statues and five lion cub mummies decorated with hieroglyphics at the Saqqara necropolis near the Giza pyramids in Cairo.

In pictures: New archaeological discovery in the Egypt

Mummified cats, cobras and crocodiles and scarabs were also unearthed among the well-preserved mummies and other objects discovered recently. Courtesy: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

In pictures: New archaeological discovery in the Egypt

Egypt on Saturday unveiled a cache of 75 wooden and bronze statues and five lion cub mummies decorated with hieroglyphics at the Saqqara necropolis near the Giza pyramids in Cairo. Courtesy: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

In pictures: New archaeological discovery in the Egypt

The Antiquities Ministry announced the find at the foot of the Bastet Temple, dedicated to the worship of cats among ancient Egyptians, in the vast necropolis. Courtesy: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

In pictures: New archaeological discovery in the Egypt

Other artifacts uncovered in the dig included statues of an Apis bull, a mongoose, an ibis, a falcon and the ancient Egyptian god Anubis in animal form.

In pictures: New archaeological discovery in the Egypt

The artifacts belong to the 26th Dynasty which dates back to the seventh century BC, Enany said.

In pictures: New archaeological discovery in the Egypt

The trove also boasts a collection of ancient Egyptian deities in the form of 73 bronze statuettes depicting the god Osiris, six wooden statues of Ptah-Soker and 11 statues of Sekhmet, the warrior goddess of healing.