Archaeologists working near the Egyptian city of Sohag have unveiled the discovery of a new tomb that is said to date from the early Ptolemaic era.
Built for a man by the name of Tutu and his wife Ta-Shirit-Iziz, the tomb is said to be finely painted and well preserved, with Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, describing the burial chamber found within as a “beautiful, colourful tomb”. The artwork depicts a family genealogy, funeral processions and scenes of Tutu working the fields.
“The tomb is made up of a central lobby, and a burial room with two stone coffins. The lobby is divided in two. It shows images of the owner of the burial room, Tutu, giving and receiving gifts before different gods and goddesses. 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”Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities
Two mummies have been recovered from the tomb, a female aged between 35 and 50, and a boy aged between 12 and 14. Also recovered from the tomb were approximately 50 mummified animals, including mice and falcons.
The tomb is one of seven discovered in the area in the last six months after authorities discovered antiquity smugglers digging illegally in the vercinity.
The Macedonian Greek Ptolemaic period was the successor to the pharaohs of an independent Egypt. The era lasted for almost three centuries between 305 BC and 30 BC when Egypt fell to Rome. They were Egypt’s last dynasty.
News, articles & stories from the worlds of politics & history, with a dose of retro culture.