Vast Collection of Mummified Animals Revealed in Ancient Egyptian Tomb

A surprising find was made by Egyptian archaeologists when they revealed the interior of an ancient Egyptian tomb, believed to be more than 2,000 years old. Inside the tomb, archeologists discovered animals and mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egyot.

The discovery of the tomb housing mummies of different animals including mice was made by accident according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

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The discovery was made in Egypt’ Sohag.

Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

“At the Al Dayabat archaeological site (Sohag, Egypt) an intricately decorated tomb from the Hellenistic period (4th-1st century BC) has been discovered by accident,” reports the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

According to reports, the Tourism and Antiquities Police arrested a group of criminals who carried out illegal excavations near that grave, which archeologists say is in pristine condition.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, described the newly-found burial chamber as a “beautiful, colorful tomb”.

“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. 

“It shows images of the owner of the burial room, Tutu, giving and receiving gifts before different gods and goddesses.”

Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

“We see the same thing for his wife, Ta-Shirit-Iziz, with the difference that [we see] verses from a book, the book of the afterlife,” Waziri added.

The walls of the tomb are intricately painted depicting funeral processions as well as illustrations of the owner working in the fields.

Experts say that the walls of the tomb also describe the family’s genealogy.

After concluding the investigations, the Ministry of Antiquities of Egypt established a scientific archaeological mission to start the excavations at the site led by Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The tomb is exceptionally well decorated and was built for a nobleman named Tutu and his wife.

Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

The tomb consists of two small chambers housing two limestone sarcophagi and a very well-preserved mummy that has not yet been identified.

However, one of the most striking findings was a collection of mummified animals and birds, from hawks to eagles, cats, dogs, and shrews.

“The tomb is made up of a central lobby, and a burial room with two stone coffins. The lobby is divided in two,” Waziri said. 

“It shows images of the owner of the burial room, Tutu, giving and receiving gifts before different gods and goddesses.”

Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

Mummification in Ancient Egypt was of extreme importance. Not only were humans mummified, but the ancients also mummified various animals for different reasons.

According to the antiquities ministry, the presentation of this newly uncovered tomb was intended to “draw the world’s attention to the civilization and antiquities of Egypt”.

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Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities