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

Egypt discovers a new tomb with a perfectly preserved colored walls and dozens of mummified animals.

(CNN)The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced its most recent discovery of a preserved double graveyard containing the remains of a man, his wife, and mummified animals, including cats and mice.

Scientists believe the discovery, which was unveiled Friday, is from the Ptolemaic period, which dates back more than 2,000 years. The tomb was found in the city of Akhmim about four miles from Sohag.
The tomb is made of two rooms covered in colored pictures and inscriptions.
"It's one of the most exciting discoveries ever in the area," said Dr. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
    The most impressive discovery was that of 50 animals and a human mummy. Eagles, falcons, ibex, cats and mice were al