Egypt discovers a tomb full of mummified cats, mice and other animals

07 Avril, 2019, 11:53 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Egypt discovers a tomb full of mummified cats, mice and other animals

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery of a new tomb with preserved colored walls and dozens of mummified animals.

Experts say the tomb is more than 2,000 years old and is thought to be the resting place of a senior official called Tutu and his wife.

It also features hieroglyphics that explain their family history, and images of Tutu and Ta-Shirit-Iziz giving and receiving gifts to and from various gods and goddesses, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. Around 50 mummified animals were discovered in the tomb.

Among the treasures found inside the tomb were fragments of painted, decorative faces.

Its walls show painted funeral processions and images of Tutu working in a field, according to Reuters.

He said: "The tomb is made up of a central lobby, and a burial room with two stone coffins. The lobby is divided in two", he said.

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The mummies of a woman, aged between 35 and 50, and a boy, aged 12 to 14, were on display outside the shallow burial chamber at the site, in a desert area near the Nile about 390 kilometres south of Cairo.

Ptolemaic rule spanned about three centuries until the Roman conquest in 30 B.C.

Earlier in February, archaeologists discovered tombs containing mummies dating back to the Cleopatra era in Minya, Egypt.

According to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, the ancient crypt is in good condition despite the passage of centuries, and it bears handsome inscriptions and colorful scenes depicting ancient Egyptian deities such as Osiris.

Cleopatra belonged to the Macedonian Greek dynasty of the Ptolemies, with European origins dating back to northern Greece.

Egypt's tourism industry has been struggling in recent years and the antiquities ministry said Friday's presentation was meant to "draw the world's attention to the civilization and antiquities of Egypt".

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