An archaeologist cleans mummified cats discovered south of Cairo by Egyptian archaeologists.
CNN  — 

A mass cat cemetery and a collection of rare mummified scarab beetles were discovered during an archeological excavation in Saqqara, Egypt, the nation’s antiquities ministry said Saturday.

Seven tombs were discovered during the archaeological mission, which started in April. They included three tombs with dozens of cat mummies that can be traced back to the fifth and sixth dynasties thousands of years ago.

Four other tombs were found, including one belonging to Khufu-Imhat, the overseer of buildings in the royal palace.

A collection of scarab beetles was also unearthed in a section called the Memphis necropol