Egypt tomb: Mummified mice found in 'beautiful' ancient chamber

Egypt tomb: Mummified mice found in 'beautiful' ancient chamber

Mummified mice are among the artefacts discovered in a decorated tomb recently unearthed near the Egyptian town of Sohag.

The mice and other animals surrounded two mummified human bodies and the burial chamber contains detailed paintings of funeral processions and people working in the fields.

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 was discovered in October when smugglers were caught illegally digging for artefacts.

The Egyptian government's antiquities ministry hopes the finds will draw visitors to the desert town 390km (242 miles) south of Cairo, near the Nile.

Mostafa Waziri, the secretary general of Egypt's supreme council of antiquities, said it was a "beautiful, colourful tomb" and "one of the most exciting discoveries ever in the area". Since the 2011 uprising, the country's political instability and insecurity has hit the tourism industry. The ministry hopes this new attraction will help draw visitors back.

A mummified woman and boy dating back to the Ptolemaic era were put on display outside the tomb. The woman is thought to have been aged between 35 and 50 when she died while the boy was 12 to 14.

The antiquities ministry said the presentation of this newly uncovered tomb was intended to "draw the world's attention to the civilisation and antiquities of Egypt".

Cat toys for the afterlife..
You don't worship mice?
Shame on you.

I have ne er understood the huge respect the Pharonic Egyptian culture gets.

They were so ignorant that the first organ they removed when mummifying a body, was the brain. They believed that the heart was the 'thinking organ'.

BTW they also mummified cats, a few dogs and monkeys.
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Guess the mice were play toys for the cats in the afterlife
My most famous mummy is the one in Bolton's Ancient Egypt museum. He's been there for decades. I remember seeing him as a kid and still pay him the odd visit today. I've known him my whole life. They say he's related to one of the Rameses pharaohs.

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