A well-painted Ptolemaic-era tomb was discovered at Al-Dayabat archaeological site in Sohag governorate - Facebook.
CAIRO – 6 April 2019: A well-painted Ptolemaic-era tomb was discovered at Al-Dayabat archaeological site in Sohag governorate on Friday.
The newly discovered tomb is to a nobleman called Toutou and his wife who was a musician.
The head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that despite the newly uncovered tomb is a very small one from the Ptolemaic period, It is decorated with dazzling scenes.
The tomb houses two small rooms containing two limestone sarcophagi, in addition to an extremely well preserved mummy.
Totou tomb contains as well a number of mummified animals and birds including falcons, eagles, cats, dogs and shrews.
Waziri explained that ancient Egyptians used to believe that shrews could cure blindness because they can see very well at night, adding that the discovered mummified shrews are in good condition.
Totou tomb was uncovered by coincidence when the Tourism and Antiquities Police arrested a gang who were carrying out illegal excavations in Sohag.
Later the Ministry of Antiquities Mostafa assigned mission headed by Waziri to start excavations of the tomb.