Mummified Cat

This is one of the most popular items on display at The Beaney. As well as people, the ancient Egyptians mummified all sorts of different creatures. Cats were especially sacred in ancient Egypt and a huge number of mummified cats have been discovered. Many cats were mummified in the Egyptian city of Bubastis and then buried in special cat cemeteries. Bubastis was the centre of worship of the cat goddess Bastet.

  • Mummified Cat

Research Activities


What other animals did the ancient Egyptians mummify and what animals were important to them?


Find out more about Bastet and the other ancient Egyptian gods.

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